We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

🛈 In line with NSW Health advice, the Art Gallery is temporarily closed to the public. Stay updated on our social media.

Title

Old Man sleep outside... Sally feeding little cat... Two Police came a round...

2018

Artist

Sally M Nangala Mulda

Australia

1957 –

Language group: Luritja, Central Desert region

Alternate image of Old Man sleep outside... Sally feeding little cat...
Two Police came a round... by Sally M Nangala Mulda
Alternate image of Old Man sleep outside... Sally feeding little cat...
Two Police came a round... by Sally M Nangala Mulda
Alternate image of Old Man sleep outside... Sally feeding little cat...
Two Police came a round... by Sally M Nangala Mulda
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Alice Springs Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Luritja, Central Desert region
    Date
    2018
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on linen
    Dimensions
    61.2 x 153.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Mollie Gowing Acquisition fund for Contemporary Aboriginal art 2019
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    34.2019
    Copyright
    © Sally M Nangala Mulda. Licensed by Copyright Agency

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Sally M Nangala Mulda

    Works in the collection

    9

    Share
  • About

    Sally M Nangala Mulda’s figurative paintings are frank and unsparing depictions of life in Abbott’s town camp on the Todd River in Mparntwe (Alice Springs). On her canvases, the landscape of the everyday is laid bare, with blunt honesty. Trips to the shop and cups of tea are documented alongside candid portrayals of the all-too-frequent police presence. The descriptive text that Mulda applies atop her scenes is diaristic and tethers each painting to a particular time and place. A succession of narrative vignettes that are almost photographic in the way they capture and chronicle experience, Mulda’s paintings offer an index of life as it is lived.
    While Mulda does not see herself as an activist, her work is politically charged. Through her stark snapshots of daily life we witness the impacts of the 2007 Northern Territory Intervention: the overcrowding in Town Camps, prejudicial regulation of alcohol consumption, compromised employment opportunities, the enhanced jurisdiction of the police. The story – Mulda’s own and that of so many other Indigenous people in Australia today – reminds us of what reality really looks like.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Alice Springs

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

Other works by Sally M Nangala Mulda

See all 9 works