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.