Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri depicts the wet and dry characteristics of the country, like swamps, lakes and spinifex (grass) in her paintings. The oval shapes in this are an iconographic representation of the swamps and lakes near Nyrripi (Talarada) North West of Mount Liebig, where Ngoia lives. The dots in the painting represent the water drying up and the cracks that are formed in the ground as a result of this.
According to the Tingari stories, this region is changed with the spiritual presence of the 'water snake’, which lives beneath the surface.
Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri was born around 1948 in Haasts Bluff, west of Alice Springs. She grew up in Haasts Bluff, but when she was older, her family moved to Papunya where she was educated. Together with her husband, painter Jack Kunti Kunti Tjampitjinpa, Ngoia later moved to Kintore. After 5 years they moved again to Mount Liebig, where she still lives today. Ngoia started painting i . . .