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Mina Mina Jukurrpa



Judy Napangardi Watson


circa 1925 – 17 May 2016

Language group: Warlpiri, Central Desert region

Alternate image of Mina Mina Jukurrpa by Judy Napangardi Watson
Alternate image of Mina Mina Jukurrpa by Judy Napangardi Watson
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Yuendumu Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Warlpiri, Central Desert region
    Media category
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on canvas
    179.0 x 149.0 cm
    Gift of Simon Chan. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program 2019
    Not on display
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    © Judy Napangardi Watson/Copyright Agency

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  • About

    Judy Napangardi Watson is widely recognised for her brilliant use of colour and striking compositions which capture the dynamism of her Warlpiri country. In Mina Mina Jukurrpa 2012 Watson gives vivid form to her most important Jukurrpa, which was a recurring subject within her practice. The strong linear elements are reminiscent of the digging sticks that were created at Mina Mina, as well as the hair string skirts worn by women. Aligned vertically on the canvas, these elements also offer an indication of travel and reference an important journey undertaken by women of all ages from the site of Mina Mina towards to the east. This journey has connections to the snake vine and honey ant, as well as the digging sticks and hair string skirts, and is of particular importance to Napangardi and Napanangka women.

    Watson spent much of her early life at Mina Mina, which is within her family’s country on the border of the Tanami and Gibson Deserts. This area is rich with bush foods including wanakiji (bush plums), yakajirri (bush tomatoes) and wardapi (sand goanna).

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  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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