Joylene Reid (JR-1003) – Rockholes (30cm x 30cm)
Acrylic on Linen
- Artist Biography
Artist: Joylene Reid
Size: 30cm x 30cm
Medium: Acrylic on Linen
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Joylene Reid Napangardi is a Pintupi woman from Walungurru (Kintore) and area to the west of Alice Springs. Coming from an artistic lineage, Joylene’s parents are Walangkura Napurrula and Kalara Tjapangarti. After growing up at the Ikuntji settlement of Haasts Bluff, in 1981 she returned from the community to Tjukurla and eventually settled in Kintore. Joylene’s works are primarily ‘Women’s Tingari’ depictions of her country and the sacred women’s sites between the communities of Kintore and Kiwirkurra in the Western Desert of central Australia. Her people would conduct important ceremonies at these sites and tell stories of travelling ancestors, who would gather at these sites to rest, sing and dance in the past. Joylene’s choice of colours usually represent the more traditional pigments used for ground designs and body decoration. Her sense of design and movement shows the close association between painted images and the physical landscape. Tutored by her mother’s sister and Barbara Reid Napangardi, Joylene’s works are vivid depictions of women’s ceremonies and women’s stories. Her paintings show the song lines or travel lines of the Tingari, the desert’s ancient, creational figures, moving through the countryside near Joylene’s home of Tjukurla where there are rockholes and ceremony sites.