Mingmarriya, from the portfolio Crossroads
The print shows hills in the country called Mingmarriya, near Dingo Springs to the east of Warmum (Turkey Creek) Western Australia, where Queenie McKenzie lived and painted. The artist took one of her Aboriginal names, Mingmarriya, from this country.
Mingmarriya is limestone country. The light blue lines in Queenie's etching are the graves of old people buried in this country. The country is also associated with a Dreamtime story about kangaroos. In this story, all the animals were once human before they turned into a creature. From the creature, they then turned into hills, water or other sea and land forms.
Extract from the 'Crossroads' portfolio
Place where the work was made
etching, aquatint, blue ink on white wove Velin Arches 280gsm paper
44.9 x 60.6 cm platemark; 56.9 x 76.2 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r. with blue ink thumb print. Not dated.
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1999
Not on display
Where the work was made
Warmun (Turkey Creek)
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Crossroads: Millenium Portfolio of Australian Aboriginal Artists, Sherman Galleries, Paddington, 18 Feb 1999–06 Mar 1999
Another Country, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Jul 1999–02 Apr 2000
Contemporary Australian prints from the collection (2004), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Apr 2004–06 Jun 2004
Referenced in 3 publications
21C Pty Limited (Compilator), Crossroads: Millennium Portfolio of Australian Aboriginal Artists, Sydney, 1999, (colour illus.).
Aggy von Ogtrop, Imprint, 'Contemporary Australian prints from the Collection of the AGNSW', pg. 16, Melbourne, Winter 2004, 16 (illus.).
Anne Ryan, Contemporary Australian prints from the collection, Sydney, 2004, (colour illus.). cat.no. 29