- exhibition excerpt
Dioxazine purple brings mystic and charm to this otherwise traditional coloured piece. The lighter shade of red ochre blends harmoniously with the other colours.
This piece seeks to be the centre of attention in any space, yet ever so humbly. It would flourish in many different styles of decor.
The short parallel pines in this painting represent women’s ceremonial body paint designs(Awelye) for Mountain Devil Lizard (Arnkerrthe) Dreaming. The longer lines stretching across the other direction represent the tracks along the Arnkerrthe's journey, as well as it's thorny covered spine.
The Arnkerrthe is a gentle little lizard covered in thorns for protection and has the ability to camouflage itself by changing colours.
In the Dreamtime, it holds a sac of ochre in its neck. The women smear their bodies with animal fat then trace these linear patterns onto their breasts, arms and thighs with this ochre; singing as each woman takes her turn to be ‘painted–up’ for ceremony. The traditional colours used for this ceremony are ochre red, yellow and white.
The women's songs relate to the ancestral travels of the Arnkerrthe as it makes the long journey north to Waramungu country.