Seed Dreaming (Ngurlu), Dry Season, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
93 x 100 cm
In this image Janet has painted the story of the seeds that women collect after termites hollow out the base of the plants and weaken their leaves.
In the middle of the image, a Peewee (a small native bird) looks at his reflection in a pool of water, whilst around him women move, collecting the seeds, gathering at campsites and dancing the story of the peewee and the termites that sustain him. The small yellow circles depict the bread that women bake out of flour which is ground from the collected seeds. The women themselves are the ‘U’ shapes seen in groups of four around the canvas edges. The white lines reflect the dreaming that the women paint onto their bodies whilst they dance their stories.
This dreaming shows the coexistence and interdependence of humans, animals and elements. The water at the centre of the image is feeding each being in this work, and whilst the Peewee is feeding on the termites, the action of the termites sustains the women and their community by proving easily harvested food.
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