synthetic polymer paint on linen
155 x 320 cm
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ID: 12046 LOCATION: Bondi
Created for the Government marketing company’s Centre for Aboriginal Artists, Alice Springs, c.1985Story
At the time of Paintings this work Rosie Nanglala Fleming was approximately 60 years of age and the senior custodian of Warlpiri women’s law relating to the Water Dreamings (Ngapa Jurkupa). In the mid 1980s when this work was created Rosie Fleming and Peggy Poulson were the two major Warlpiri female artists.
This work is associated with the site Makintji, west of Yuendumu. Here it is believed that an old blind woman’s tears were responsible for the clouds - represented in this work by short sets of parallel lines. This caused the creeks to flow and waterholes and claypans fill with water.
Rosie Fleming was the first artist to apply dots upon dots in order to create the impression of the sun hitting and glinting off the surface of water- making it sparkle and thus giving life force to it. This is clearly evident in this major work of the period.
Mikantji is a site of significance that Rosie Flemming shared with founder of the Western Desert Art Movement, the great Kaapa Mbitjana Tjampitjinpa.
Custodians for this site custodians are the Nangala and Nampitjimpa women and their brothers, the Tjingala and Tjampitjimpa men.