by GARRETH NAGOMARRA
Acrylic on Canvas - Year 2021
91.4cm x 61cm
Catalogue number: 79-21
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Garreth has painted his grandmother's country.
The story is about a man who had too many wives and would not give any of them away to the single man in the tribe.
While the man and his many wives camped next to a water hole, over the sand dune country, the single man used to walk up to their camp and tried to impress them with his hunting skills, showing off his goanna and kangaroo meat that he had caught.
The man with many wives did not take notice of him, telling his wives to go a long way away from the single man to the next water hole.
The small circles depict the water holes where they camped and the lines are the many tali (sand dunes) in the area.
In the end the single man gave up, threw away all the bush meat and went back to his country.
Personal note from Laure:
When a Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) is represented as a giant maze... The eyes just keep travelling along those perfetly painted lacy lines and the dark burgundy background brings a stunning touch of deep warmth balancing the catching whites, for a stunning perfect result.