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A painting made up of organic horizontal lines in dark earthy colours

Mantua Nangala
Various works

Creation date: 2019–21 Location: Gallery 12
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Mantua Nangala, Pintupi people, Untitled, 2019; Untitled, 2020; Untitled, 2021, commissioned by the National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra for the 4th National Indigenous Art Triennial: Ceremony on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the founding of Papunya Tula Artists, and with the support of Sue Dyer and Steve Dyer. Purchased 2021.

Mantua Nangala on her works in Ceremony

Important that we look after dream and countryside, that’s why [I’m] drawing it, on country, Tjukurpa, in canvas.

Palaya, I like a colour, you know. Nice one, Walya, Walya, good colour.

My Tjukurpa is strong. That’s why I [am] keeping it in singing.

The story that I paint is Marrapinti. It is a sacred woman’s place that is my Ngurra (Country); it is a very important place for my people. I like to have colours that are close but are a little bit different. When you look at the canvas you can see movement, I like the way it changes over the canvas. I like to make my paintings slowly, every dot slowly and carefully. When I paint I’m thinking about my Country and my family, it is very relaxing for me and makes me feel good. Palya.

— Mantua Nangala, 2021