Limited Edition Screen Print
Image: 42.5 x 58.5 cm Paper: 56 x 70 cm REVERE
The Gumatj revere the Ancestral Crocodile Båru and its associations with the Ancestral Fire. This diamond design is that fire, and can only have reference to the Gumatj land around Biranybirany and Ancestral events that occurred there.
Fire is as basic as water and land to the Gumatj, one of the largest clans of the Miwatj area. Fire in Ancestral times scorched ground where creators had gathered to enact the lore that was the secret knowledge that held the power. This was spread to other Gumatj lands carried by various means across the country imbued by the fire.
The sacred ancestral story tells of the Djirrikitj (quail), wangurra’ (bandicoot) and balkitj (red kangaroo) who came down the stop the fire.
In this print the fire has passed, represented by the absence of red and yellow within the diamond miny’tji.
Printed by Basil Hall Editions 2018