Mountain Devil Lizard Dreaming by Kathleen Petyarre Acrylic on Linen, Year 2009
This painting is the supreme image of Kathleen with the title 'Mountain Lizard Dreaming'. In this work Kathleen displays a cross motif that is peculiar to this work. Four Dreaming trails converge on a ceremonial square, where secret men's and women's business takes place. Angling towards the bottom left or right corner of the 'map' is a watercourse that has been full after rainy times but now leaves a residual pattern that is characteristic of her country. Seen from above this is a thoroughgoing map that includes the tracks and destinations of her totem, the Mountain Devil Lizard. Frequently painted on a black ground with fine cream dotting, this work speaks volumes about Kathleen's country and her connection with it.
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