Rug Wool 3x5ft (91x152cm) - CROSS CULTURAL PROJECT
Aboriginal Artwork translated with ‘Gabba’ Chain-Stitch This is a traditional Kashmiri handicraft and important to the local economy. This work is produced in remote villages. Wool is dyed in situ and groups of people gather in local homes surrounded by family and friends to work. The stitching is done by hand and using an ‘aari’, a sharp hooked tool similar to a crochet hook. Finished rugs and cushions are washed in nearby streams.
This is a teaching painting, describing a dry season in Damiens homeland, Mount Liebig, in the Northern Territory. It illustrates aspects of landscape and culture that was told to Damien by his great-grandparents. Women sit with children collecting bush potatoes (the red shapes at the top of the painting) and are preparing for inma (ceremony). One man, wati, sits down with his waru (spear). Controlled burnings are taking place as the spinifex is dry, and this means good fruits can grow. The small star-like symbols represent womens body paint that the women paint on each other for inma. A dry creekbed runs through the painting (in red and white), and there are cracks in the claypans, dried rock holes (tjukula), and sandhills (tali).
DAMIEN & NYINKALYA MARKS
Damien and Nyinkalya Marks often paint together to create beautiful, vibrant collaborative works. Nyinkalya is a Pitjantjatjarawoman from Ernabella in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara Lands, South Australia. And is a talented batik artist as well as a painter.
Damien is a Walpiri man from Haast’s Bluff, 300km north-west of Alice Springs and comes from a long line of painters. Damien and Nyinkalya have lived in many communities across Australia and have exhibited extensively.