Molly Jinjingarli Napurrurla Tasman
120 x 60 cm
Acrylic on linen
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About the Artist
Molly grew up in the Tanami Desert and lived at Mt Doreen, Yarturlu-yarturlu and Yurrampi. She lived a traditional
lifestyle as a young child. She has walked thousands of kilometres through the Northern Territory and Western Australia. She was moved to Lajamanu with her family when the government relocated people to the new community in the 1950s. She is dedicated to the preservation of her culture and works tirelessly to this end. She has been teaching children in school bilingual education programs for many years. Her artistic talents are widely respected among her peers and those who know her. Art is a way of preserving and expressing culture in a meaningful way. Molly loves to paint and finds a lot of freedom in this form of expression, showing her gentle feminine personality in her work. Molly's art has been featured in exhibitions all over Australia since 1992, and she was a finalist in the 2008 & 2011 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.
About the Work
Molly's art depicts dreaming stories associated with her country, with themes such as beans, bush plum, birds, trees, marsupials and water. This piece depicts a seed dreaming, with the style being similar to designs applied on bodies during women's rituals.
National Gallery of Victoria
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
IES Indigenous Art Collection 2017