Bulukminy (file snakes) near Buckingham Bay
Alive with detail, this work refers to the file snake that is connected to Djumbarrdjimbarrwuy’s clan estate in Buckingham Bay and associated with the Wägilak sisters. One snake is clearly evident in deep black on the right of the work, while another is embedded within the vertical design, its adorned skin camouflaging it within the field of dots to its right. Trails of eggs alternate with the snakes, their cross-hatched forms rendered in the same format but in the opposing direction to the cross-hatching employed on the edges of the work. Creating a sense of tension and movement, this dynamism is intensified by the brilliant dotted fields set against bands of pure colour in the central section; the resulting effect is one of flickering luminosity.
Bark painting (Male and female snakes, showing eggs)
natural pigments on bark
17.0 x 58.0 cm (irreg.)
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
© Lipundja. Licensed by Copyright Agency
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Art from Milingimbi: taking memories back, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Nov 2016–29 Jan 2017
Referenced in 1 publication
Cara Pinchbeck, Art from Milingimbi, ‘Djimbarrdjimbarrwuy’, pg. 86-91, Sydney, 2016, 88 (colour illus.), 141.