Barbara Reid Western Desert Aboriginal Artist
Barbara Reid Western Desert Aboriginal Artist

Barbara Reid

Sand Hills
Cat. No. 7242
Acrylic on Linen, Year 2009
60 x 90 cm (24" x 35")
Painting Sand hills is part of the Tingari Dreaming Barbara frequently paints. It describes the journey of the Tingari women who, with the Tingari men, travelled vast distances across the land creating laws and rituals and shaping particular sites during the Tjukurrpa (Dreamtime). The sacred stories and songs are the spiritual foundation on which Barbara bases her paintings in which she incorporates many Dreaming sites. They include sand hills, rock holes, water soakages and land forms found throughout her country. It is at these sacred sites that the women narrated their Dreamtime stories through song lines, dance cycles and body paint. Barbara employs the creamy thick textures that have an appealing tactile quality. They do, after all, represent the earth where everything begins and ends. The traditional painters such as Barbara are very conscious of the 'skin' of the earth. It is an interesting exercise to watch her paint as Barbara has mastered the flow and juddering, joined dotted line, which is also characteristic of other painters from the Balgo area.