Ngak Ngak, from the portfolio Crossroads
The white-breasted sea eagle, ngak ngak, is often shown singly or as a repeated image in Ginger's work; he acts as sentinel looking around Ginger's mother's country.
Ginger believes his country is inhabited by totemic beings, in the form of snakes, birds, and ancestral people. Past and present integrate. The ceremonies, as they are performed and explained, establiseh his kinship with this country.
Ginger treats his totems, in the western sense, as heraldic devices. His stories are his own, but the written interpretation is ours.
[extract from "Crossroads - A Portfolio of Australian Aboriginal Artists"]
43.0 x 59.0 cm image; 56.0 x 76.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.l. corner, pencil "GINGER RILEY". Not dated.
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1999
Not on display
© The Estate of Ginger Riley. Courtesy of Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Crossroads: Millenium Portfolio of Australian Aboriginal Artists, Sherman Galleries, Paddington, 18 Feb 1999–06 Mar 1999
Another Country, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Jul 1999–02 Apr 2000
Referenced in 1 publication
21C Pty Limited (Compilator), Crossroads: Millennium Portfolio of Australian Aboriginal Artists, Sydney, 1999, colour illus..