Djeritmingin Spirit - Woolen River
Djeritmingin is shown as a fish cooped up in a spring pool of fresh water who wanted to get through impassable rock (shown in saw tooth fashion). The two small fish, his children, tried unsuccessfully to find a way out so he then forced his way out with his legs and traveled to the brackish water where salt water meets fresh water at river mouths. He now resides there and is said to make welcoming rain to visitors crossing the sea. Cross-hatching at each end and the center represents underwater rocks.
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005
The spirit Djeritmingin
natural pigments on bark
72.4 x 44.5 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1960
Not on display
© Binyinyuwuy Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd, Sydney
Where the work was made
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Purchases and Acquisitions for 1960, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Mar 1961–23 Apr 1961
Gamarada, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Nov 1996–16 Feb 1997
Remembering Forward: An Exhibition of Major Australian Indigenous Artists, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, 20 Nov 2010–20 Mar 2011
Art from Milingimbi: taking memories back, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Nov 2016–29 Jan 2017
Referenced in 2 publications
Emily Joyce Evans and Falk Wolf, Remembering forward: Australian Aboriginal painting since 1960, 'Bark paintings', pg. 102-123, Cologne, 2010, 103 (colour illus.), 118. cat.no. 44
Tony Tuckson, Christopher Hodges and Helen Eager, Gamarada, Sydney, 1996, 38 (colour illus.).