Makinti Napanangka
Australian, 1930-2011

Makinti Napananagka first began to make paintings using acrylic and canvas in 1995, as part of the artistic project Kintore/Haasts Bluff. Her aesthetic is characterized by the use of alternating colors and line-based patterns; her work also features looser brushwork in comparison to her peers. The recurring imagery and motifs in Napanangka’s paintings are based on hairspring skirts and belts, which are ceremonial clothes woven from human hair. The works also often feature the landscape of her birthplace, an area just outside Lupul, and reference the stories of Kungka Kutjarra (or “Two Women”), ancestral figures who traveled across the desert to found new settlements.

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