Molly Miller - Manungara

Molly Miller - Manungara

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Artist: Molly Miller 

Title: Manungara

Cat No: 18-246

Size: 61 x 61 cm  Acrylic on Canvas


This is a true story at a place west of Walytjartjara (North of Kalka) in South Australia.  A child is riding on his father's shoulders and sees a figure in the distance.  He sees the mamu (spirit), the mamu is sleeping and the father tells the child to watch the mamu who is lying in a wiltja, shelter, with a fire.  The mamu has no teeth but wakes up and smells the child, looks around and sees him, but the father returns in time.


Birth Date: 01/07/1948
Language: Pitjantjatjara
Community: Kalka, SA

Molly Nampitjin Miller was born ‘a bush baby’, circa 1948. She moved to Warburton Mission when she was a girl, living in a dormitory with a group of other girls while the rest of her family stayed in the nearby camp. Later she married and moved with her husband to Amata, where she had five children. Molly is a strong presence as co-founding director for Ninuku Arts, as well as a respected elder within the Kalka community. She comes from a strong artistic family; her sisters are Dr Pantji Mary McLean and Elaine Lane from Blackstone and her brother is fellow Ninuku artist, Jimmy Donegan (Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Winner, 2010). Molly uses traditional iconography to create her depictions of both sacred sites and the places where she spent me as a child. She paints in a considered manner, placing the dots on her canvas with precision and a steady hand. Molly works in layers, by creating colours by dipping her brush or stick into two paint pots before touching the surface. This adds depth and perspective to her compositions and calmly and peacefully invites the viewer into her painting.

Group Exhibitions:
2017 Jimmy Donegan and Ninuku Arsts - Short St. Gallery

2016 Ninuku Tjuta - Singapore

2016 Desart Mob, Araluen - Alice Springs

2016 Kala ngura ngayuku Colours of my home/country - 1. - 24. July 2016

2015 Ninuku Tjuta - Singapore 2015 Desert Mob, Araluen, Alice Springs

2015 Araluen - Alice Springs

2014 Ninuku Womens Show, Tunebridge Gallery, Perth

2014 Our Mob, Adelaide Festival Centre

2013 Desert Mob, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs

2013 Ninuku Group Show, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

2012 INMA Our Ceremony, Chapman Gallery, Canberra

2012 APY Lands Emerging Exhibition, Talapi Gallery, Alice Springs

2012 Kulina Inma: Listen to Song, Tunbridge Gallery, Margaret River

2012 One Song, Different Tune, Short Street Gallery, Broome

2012 Manta Iritjangku: Ngura Kutjupalakutu, Ancient Land: New Territory, Gallery nine5 and Harvey Art Projects, Soho, New York

2012 Nganampa Ngura, ReDot Gallery, Singapore

2011 The Western APY Lands, Art Kelch Touring Exhibition, Germany

2011 Desert Mob

2011, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs

2011 Ngura Wirukanyanku - This is a beautiful place, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

2011 Ngura Kalatjara - Land and Colour, AP Bond, Adelaide

2011 The Shared Language of Paint, Exhibition of works from Ildiko Kovacs Residency, RAFT artspace, Alice Springs

2011 Wa Ngintaka Tjukurpa - Yangi Yangi Fox and Ninuku Arts, Short Street Gallery, Broome

2010 Kulunypa Tjuta Paintamilani: Lots of Small Paintings, Short Street Gallery (as part of CIAF), Boland Centre, Cairns

2010 Warka Kuwari Walkatjunanyi: New Painngs by the Arsts of Ninuku, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

2010 Women and Colour, Chapman Gallery, Canberra

2010 Desert Mob

2010, Araluen, Alice Springs

2009 Ninuku Arsts Ngintaka Tjukurpa: Perene Lizard Dreaming, Alcaston Gallery

2009 Alwarawara: Side By Side; Arsts from Ninuku Arts, Tjungu Palya and Tjala Arts; Outstation Gallery, Darwin

2008 Ninuku Arts Inaugural Sydney Show, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney 2008 Ninuku Tjukurpa - Bilby Dreaming, Ninuku Arts Group Show, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

2008 Darlings of the Desert, Pupul Gallery, Noosa

2008 Big Country, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs

2008 Divas of the Desert, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs

2007 Skin on Skin, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Canberra

2007 APY Lands show, Australia Dreaming Art Gallery, Melbourne

2007 Community in Focus, Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth

2004 The Womens Show, Vivian Anderson Gallery, Melbourne







2009 Dr Ross Moore, ‘Ninuku Artists: Perentie Lizard Dreaming’, Australian Aboriginal Art, Issue 2 June 2009.

2011 Jane O'Sullivan, 'Artists from the APY Lands travel to Germany' Australian Art Collector, April 2011

2011 Artlink Indigenous Issue, Western APY Lands 'Boutique' Art to Europe, Volume 31 June 2011

2011 Western APY exhibition catalogue, Art Kelch, Germany

2011 Exhibition Invitation cover, Ngura Wirukanyanku, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2011 'Shared Language of Paint' editorial and image, Art Monthly, Issue 240, June 2011

2011 Emily McCulloch Childs Blog, Desert Mob 2011, September 2011 2012 Canberra Times, Black, White and Beautiful by Sasha Grishin, February 27 2012

2012 Nganampa Ngura Catalogue, Essay by Claire Eltringham, May 2012

2012 Roads Cross, Contemporary Directions in Australia Art, Introduction by Fiona Salmon & Vivonne Thwaites, Flinders University Press, June 2012

2012 Manta Irititjangku: Ngura Kutjupalakutu, Catalogue Essay by Nici Cumpston (AGSA), May 2012

2012 Aboriginal Art & Culture: An American Eye Blog, Aboriginal Art in America, Again (Summer 2012), June 24 2012 Aboriginal Art & Culture: An American Eye Blog, Ancestral Modern in Seattle and Ninuku in New York, May 27 2012 Australian Consulate General (USA), Feature, June 2012

2012 NAISA, Australian Aboriginal Contemporary Art Show in New York City by Willie Brown, Saturday May 19 2012

2012 PRI's The World (News Program), Vibrant Aboriginal Art Exhibit Gives Power To Indigenous Australians by Marlon Bishop, July 4 2012

2012 Sun Valley Property News, Art Scene, Harvey Art Projects Goes Coast to Coast, May 2012

2012 Klug-Ruhe, Aboriginal Art Collection of University of Virginia, News Piece, May 2012

2012 APY Art Bites into the Big Apple, Feature by Tim Lloyd, The Advertiser, Saturday June 30 2012

2012 Angloinfo, Art and Exhibitions in Singapore, Singapore Event: 'Nganampa Ngura' (Our Place), 26 April 2012

2012, Nganampa Ngura (Our Place)- Senior men and women's paintings about their home country, ReDot Gallery 14 April 2012

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