Year: 2019 Size: 1100x2000 Barbara creates a cosmic feel to her expression with finely executed dots in which float various anamorphic shapes, that are more intensely worked. These shapes are the areas where she has over painted to conceal symbols of sacred story that are painted beneath and not meant to be seen. Such areas refer to secret abandoned camp-sites that people made as they trekked across the country in search of food, women's coolamon's used to collect fruit and berries and/or forms of women's body that are adorned with paint for ceremony. Sometimes she incorporates the linear patterns to represent women's body designs - stripes that are traditionally applied to breasts, arms and legs for ceremonies known as Awelye. In the Dream-time, these depictions are on rocks in that country, but they have been lost or damaged. "All these places in my mother's country, all the sacred places of hers." Barbara's Mother is the acclaimed Utopia artist Minnie Pwerle, who sadly passed away in 2006.
1200x1800 2019 This work depicts the grass which was found at Utopia until the introduction of cattle grazing in the early 20th Century. The grass is important to the Aboriginal people because it’s seeds were ground up to make flour. The seeds fell to the ground and were difficult to see, so the aboriginal people would look for the nesting site of a particular ant. This ant would eat the certain part of the seed then discard the rest. The seeds would be found in a pile outside their nests, the women would collect them clean them and grind them into flour, which then would be used to make bread. Due to the availability of ready made bread this practice is no longer common, but the dreaming for the grass seed has been passed to Barbaba from her ancestors and is important to her people.
Eels Biting Stone
Eels Biting Stone Features several waterfalls, in the centre is the junction of the 2 rivers meeting. The force of the water flowing from the waterfalls, penetrate the rocks surrounding the river. The different shades of reds represent the various kinds of people, young and old, approaching the river to catch the eels that congregated under the waterfalls.
This artwork depicts Emu feathers, it is said that during the Dreamtime hundreds of Emus travelled through the Western Desert towards the East, moving across the land in great numbers creating and forcing the land to change and evolve. For many days they travelled through different language groups leaving different stories, interacting with different animal species , leaving songs and stories which are still heard today.
My Country ~ Sandhills and River Bed Country
This artwork depicts in fine detail multi layered elements, which are closely associated with the Artist's homelands of Atneltyeye, Utopia in central Australia. This illustration is important visually and spiritually of country, sand hills and significant landmarks for ceremonies.