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Soakages by Lena Pwerle (SOLD)

Size: 180cm x 60cm
Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on belgian linen

 

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50 shades of blue...whispers of purple, sand tones and cotton white. Once upon a time the soakages in Ahalpere country were brimming with water, perhaps looking somewhat like this painting beneath the ground. A unique size that fits comfortably in many places.

- exhibition excerpt

This painting has been hand painted by Lena Pwerle of Utopia, Central Australia. Circular designs in this painting represent soakages (or waterholes) that are spread across her land in the Utopia Region. Lena says that these soakages, now all dried and used up, had plenty of water in them long ago, even when she was growing up, providing her people with a much needed water supply. With their intimate knowledge of the land, Lena’s people knew how and where to find them in the harsh desert environment.

Long time [ago] olden time mob get their little coolamon (bowl), they check them [soakages] – proper good one water! They been find ‘em under the ground. My grandmother taught me where to find ‘em. They dry now, they finish. They [my people] drink bore water now” - Lena Pwerle, 7th Oct 2008.

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