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Nakarra Nakarra



Kathleen Padoon Napanangka


circa 1938 – 08 Apr 2019

Language group: Ngarti, Western Desert region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Balgo Hills East Kimberley Western Australia Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    24.5 x 24.5 cm platemark
    Signature & date

    Signed l.l. beneath platemark, pencil "X". Not dated.

    Purchased with funds provided by Warawara Department of Indigenous Studies, Macquarie University 2007
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Kathleen Padoon Napanangka/Copyright Agency

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  • About

    Kathleen Padoon Napanangka spent her early years in the country south of Yaka Yaka, which included her father's country, Mangkayi, and her mother's country, Nantalarra and Nakarra Nakarra. During this time the family occasionally travelled to Gordon Downs Station for rations of flour, tea, sugar and tobacco. When Padoon was still quite young her family moved to Sturt Creek, where Padoon worked in the laundry. She later met her husband Paddy Padoon here when he was working in the stock camp. Padoon then moved to Old Balgo Mission with her family and had to place her young children in the dormitory so she could work in the garden and in the kitchen making bread. When they were able the family would travel back to Sturt Creek on weekends and at holiday time. Padoon now lives at Wirrimanu and started to paint for Warlayirti Artists in the late 1980s. She held her first solo exhibition in 2004.

    The Warlayirti Artists documentation for these works states:

    "Kathleen has depicted her country south of Balgo in the Great Sandy Desert. This country is named Nakarra Nakarra and is one of the sites of the Seven Sisters' Dreaming, a story about seven sisters who travel the ancestral landscape running from an old man who wanted to marry the youngest. At Nakarra Nakarra a group of hills embody the seven sisters. The circle depicted represents a warniri (rockhole) and the surrounding features are the tali (sandhills) found in this country".

    © Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2007

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Balgo Hills

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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