1989/0029 Fire and snake at Lake McKay

Fire and snake at Lake McKay

Artist

Nosepeg TJUPURRULA
Indigenous
Birth:
c 1920
 in
Northern Territory
Death:
1993

Artwork

Title
Fire and snake at Lake McKay
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer paint on particle board
Dimensions
92 x 122cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Gift of The Rothmans Foundation, 1989
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1989/0029
Currently not on display

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Curatorial insightTwo Ancestral Beings made many camps as they hunted on the shores of Lake McKay on the border of Western Australia and the Northern Territory. A fire they lit soon got out of control, and the whole area was devastated. The Ancestral Snake, attracted by the flames, journeyed across the area while regrowth flourished and game abounded for the hunters. The circle in the centre of the painting represents a large lake. Clusters of small white dots are plants in the lake. The Ancestral Snake curves down the middle of the painting; its ribs are the short parallel lines on the sides. Black circles are fire and the white dotted lines are cracks in the ground. (Croft, Indigenous Art: Art Gallery of Western Australia, 2001)

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