Doreen Reid Nakamarra
circa 1955 – 2009
Language group: Pintupi, Western Desert region
- Media category
- Materials used
- synthetic polymer paint on linen
- 244.00 x 183.0 cm stretcher
- Purchased with funds donated in memory of James Agapitos OAM 2007
- North Building, ground level, Yiribana Gallery
- Accession number
- © Estate of Doreen Reid Nakamarra. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd
- Artist information
Doreen Reid Nakamarra
Works in the collection
The Art Centre documentation for this work states:
This painting depicts designs associated with the rockhole and soakage water site of Marrapinti, west of Pollock Hills in Western Australia. The lines in the painting represent the creekbed at the site and the sandhills that surround it.
In ancestral times a group of women of the Nangala and Napangati kinship subsections camped at this site during their travels towards the east. While at the site the women made nose bones, also known as Marrapinti, which are worn through a hole made in the nose web. During ceremonies relating to Marrapinti the older women pierced the nasal septums of the younger women who were participating in the ceremony. Nose bones were originally used by both men and women but are now only inserted by the older generation on ceremonial occasions.
Upon completion of the ceremonies at Marrapinti the women continued their travels east passing through Wala Wala, Ngaminya and Wirrulnga, before heading north-east to Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay).
Shown in 3 exhibitions
dOCUMENTA (13), Documenta, Kassel, 09 Jun 2012–16 Sep 2012
Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05 Feb 2016–18 Sep 2016
Gallery 1: Yiribana Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, North Building, Sydney, 03 Dec 2022–2023
Referenced in 3 publications
Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (Curator), dOCUMENTA (13): the book of books, 'Participants, biographies, and exhibited objects and works', pg. 674-725, Ostfildern, 2012, 713 (colour illus.).
Stephen Gilchrist (Editor), Everywhen: the eternal present in Indigenous art from Australia, Cambridge, 2016, 24 (colour illus.), 25, 130, 131 (colour illus.). fig.no. 6
Hetti Perkins, Art + soul: a journey into the world of Aboriginal art, 'Home + away', pg. 1-86, Carlton, 2010, 28-29 (colour illus.), 278.