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Title

Mingmarriya, from the portfolio Crossroads


Artist

Queenie McKenzie

Australia

circa 1915 - 16 Nov 1998

Language group

Gija, Kimberley region


About

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


Details


Other Title

Mingarriya


Date

1997


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching, aquatint, blue ink on white wove Velin Arches 280gsm paper


Edition

10/99


Dimensions

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.


Credit

Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1999


Location

Not on display


Accession number

62.1999.10


Artist information

Queenie McKenzie

Works in the collection

5


Place

Where the work was made
Warmun (Turkey Creek)

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


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