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Lilly Kelly Napangardi

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Lilly Kelly Napangardi | Warlpiri/Luritja language groups | Australia b.1948 | Sandhills, Kintore area 2003 | Synthetic polymer paint on linen | 181.4 x 181.6cm | Purchased 2004 with funds from Dr Cathryn J. Mittelheuser, AM and Margaret Mittelheuser, AM through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

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Lilly Kelly Napangardi
Warlpiri/Luritja language groups
Australia  b.1948
Sandhills, Kintore area 2003
Synthetic polymer paint on linen
181.4 x 181.6cm
Purchased 2004 with funds from Dr Cathryn J. Mittelheuser, AM and Margaret Mittelheuser, AM through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation
Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Lilly Kelly Napangardi

Sandhills, Kintore area 2003

Lilly Kelly Napangardi is a senior law woman of the Watiyawanu community, in the Haasts Bluff area of the Northern Territory, 325 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs. She holds authority over the Women's Dreaming story associated with Kunajarrayi, and is now teaching younger women traditional dancing and singing.

Her subjects include her country's sandhills, its winds and the desert environment after rain, especially the sandhills of the Kintore and Connistan areas. Her paintings often note the seasonal changes in this sandy landscape, and the crucial waterholes found in the rocks in the area.

In this mysterious and elemental landscape, the features, such as rock holes and even mountain ranges, seem to appear and disappear with the changing winds and blowing sands. Water marks this land, as the run-off from the rains makes a pattern of lines and striations down the surface of the sandhills.

Napangardi notes the finest microcosmic details but embeds these into a macrocosmic view of the landscape. The ephemeral nature of this drifting, changing country is Lilly Kelly Napangardi's key subject, and the viewer, walking in front of her painting, can sense something of the immersive experience of her country.