2000/0015 Dreaming sites on Texas Downs

Dreaming sites on Texas Downs

Artist

Queenie (Garagarag) MCKENZIE
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
c 1915
 in
Texas Downs Station, Kimberley region, Western Australia
Death:
1998
 in
Warmun, Western Australia

Artwork

Title
Dreaming sites on Texas Downs
Date
1998
Medium/Material
natural ochres, pigments and binder on canvas
Dimensions
100.0 x 140.0 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased through the Sir Claude Hotchin Art Foundation, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2000
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2000/0015
Currently not on display

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This work depicts four important dreaming sites/ places on Texas Downs Station. The artist used her painting skill to record and maintain Dreamtime accounts and cultural lore.Across the top of the painting is country called Wirdim or Red Butt, where the dreamtime rainbow snake, Goorlabal, lives. As Goorlalbal travelled she formed much of the country. She created the riverbed and waterfall (white area) near Red Butt Hill where she left her eggs. The artist used to fish here regularly from small rounded rocks that Moonloonggoor (the dreamtime dinosaur) left there.The multi painted hill at centre left is Nimirriddi the place for fig tree dreaming. It is in the high country on Texas Downs Station. Surprisingly there are many fig trees here which which are normally found on flat country near waterways. This is a sacred site for women. The artist remembered going here for business when she was young and collecting figs.The rectangular shaped hill and the two beside it are hills on Texas Downs Station associated with the blowfly dreaming- Wurreralbayn. As the artist said “if you go there the blow fly will get all over you and you have to talk to them”.Across the bottom of the painting are hills called Jadibany in Gawoorben Country on Texas Downs Station. It is associated with an old dreamtime woman whoo was trapped in a hole and could be heard crying out.On October 21 1998 Queenie Mckenzie was honored as a state living treasure by the government f WA

Curatorial insightThe artist used her painting skill to record and maintain Dreaming stories, and this work depicts four important Dreaming sites on Texas Downs station. Across the top of the painting is country known as Wirdim or Red Butt, where the rainbow snake Goorlabal lives. As Goorlabal travelled she formed much of the country. She created the riverbed and waterfall (white area) near Red Butt Hill where she left her eggs. The artist used to fish here regularly from small rounded rocks that Mooloonggoor, a dinosaur-like Ancestral Being, left there. The multi-painted hill at centre left is Nimirriddi, the place for fig tree Dreaming. It is in the high country on Texas Downs Station. There are many fig trees here, which are normally only found on flat country near waterways. This is a sacred place for women and the artist recalled going there for ceremonial business, which involved collecting figs, when she was quite young. The rectangular shaped hill and the two beside it are hills on Texas Downs Station associated with the blowfly Dreaming - Wurreralbayn. Across the bottom are hills called Jadibany in Gawoorben country. They are associated with an old Dreaming woman who was trapped in a ‘hole’ and could be heard crying out. (Croft, Indigenous Art: Art Gallery of Western Australia, 2001)

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