Three mimihs dancing
1928 - 1979
The three animated mimi figures on this early bark from Croker Island contrast markedly with the more static figures typical of Crusoe Kurdals's carvings. Although the images are similar, these express concepts relating to sexual misbehaviour (suggested by their enlarged sexual organs). They also feature ant-like heads and internal patterns in the x-ray style typical of rock art from the same region.
from Margo Neale, 'Yiribana', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1994
Bark painting (Three Mimi figures dancing)
Three Mimi figures dancing
natural pigments on eucalyptus bark
76.2 x 54.6 cm (irreg.)
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
© Samuel Wagbara. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd
Where the work was made
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Love Magic: Erotics, Politics and Indigenous Art, S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks, 21 Aug 1999–03 Oct 1999
Crossing country: the alchemy of Western Arnhem Land art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 Sep 2004–12 Dec 2004
Sentient lands, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Jun 2016–08 Oct 2017
Referenced in 4 publications
Jill Sykes, Look, 'Crossing country: quotes from the Symposium', pg. 35, Sydney, Dec 2004-Jan 2005, 35 (colour illus.).
Hetti Perkins, Crossing country: the alchemy of western Arnhem Land art, Sydney, 2004, 28 (colour illus.), 230.
Margo Neale, Yiribana: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection, Sydney, 1994, 52, 53 (colour illus.), 138, 139. plate no. 23
Margo Neale, Yiribana, Sydney, 1994, 8 (colour illus.).