(Biography courtesy of Gallery
Gondwana, Alice Springs, and Aboriginal
Barbara Napangarti Reid was born some time around
1964 in the Tjukurla region of the Gibson Desert, Western
Australia. She began painting in 1987 with the Centre for Aboriginal
Artists in Alice Springs.
Barbara's distinctive works depict her traditional
country in the Gibson Desertmany of her paintings show the
puli (rock formations) and tali (sand hills) of this country and
tell women's ceremonial stories related to the formation of the
natural environment around Tjukurla.
This area is dominated by expansive sand hills
and rockholes containing water where bush foods are found. Also
vital to Barbara's work is the telling of minyma stories
(women's sacred stories) which are narratives that revolve around
the role of the woman as healers and providers in Ngaanyatjarra
Barbara and her family currently live in Alice
180cm x 120cm
Acrylic on linen
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