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Reva Nungarrayi Dickson / Mina Mina Dreaming (1A)

46cm x 46cm Acrylic on Canvas

SKU: 6193-16

$350.00

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Artwork is accompanied by Warlukurlangu Artists (Yuendumu) Art Centre Certificate of Authenticity/Provenance

Reva was born in 1966 in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community located 290 km north-west of Alice Springs in NT of Australia. Reva attended the local school and left in Year 11. When she left school she worked for the Old People’s Program, a program that cares for the elderly by helping them when they are sick, and being with them when they are alone or when they are frightened during storms. Reva is now married and has a large family of her own to care for. She and her husband have 6 kids and 7 grandchildren.

Reva has been painting for Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation since 1993. She paints her Father’s Jukurrpa, in particular Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming), Ngalyipi Jukurrpa (Snake Vine Dreaming) and Mala Jukurrpa (Rufous Hare Wallaby Dreaming) from her father’s side. These dreamings relate directly to the land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. They were passed down to her father by his father and his father’s father before him for millennia. Reva uses traditional designs and icons with an unrestricted palette to develop a modern interpretation of her traditional culture.

When Reva is not painting or looking after her grandchildren she likes to go hunting, especially for honey ants.

 

Mina Mina is the area or country this painting is depicting. It is far west of Yuendumu and is very important to the Napangardi/Napanangka women. These women and their Japangardi/Japanangka brothers, are the custodians of the Jukurrpa that created the area. This story (Dreaming) tells of the journey of a group of women who travelled east gathering food, ngalyipi‟ (snake vine) and performing ceremonies as they journeyed.

The ‘ngalyipi’ vine grows up the trunks and branches of the ‘kurrkara’ (desert oak trees. ‘Ngalyipi’ is a sacred vine to Napangardi and Napanangka women that has many uses. It can be used as a ceremonial wrap, as a strap to carry ‘parrajas’ (wooden bowls) that are laden with bush tucker and as a bandage for headaches.

The women began their travels at Mina Mina where karlangu (digging sticks) emerged from the ground. Taking these tools the women travelled east creating Janyinki and other sites. Their travels took them eventually further than Warlpiri country. The women used the karlangu‟ to gather bush tucker on their travels. In Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa and other elements. In many paintings of this Jukurrpa, sinuous lines are used to represent the ‘ngalyipi’ (snake vine). Concentric circles are often used to represent the ‘jintiparnta’ (desert truffles) that the women have collected, while straight lines can be used to depict the ‘karlangu’ (digging sticks).

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