Snakes and fish anticipating rain
Dawidi explores the potential of diverse infill in the painting 'Snakes and fish anticipating rain' c1950s. Divided into two fields, the upper section contains two simple fish, set between bands of fresh water. In the lower section seven snakes eagerly travel in one direction, while one defiant fish breaks through, forcing its way upstream in the opposite direction. With each figure individually adorned and sparkling fields of dots included in the background, it is a striking work, alive with the intensity of country that will be brought by the anticipated rains.
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natural pigments on bark
44.0 x 17.0 cm (irreg.)
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
© Dawidi Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd
Where the work was made
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Referenced in 4 publications
Steven Miller, Tradition today: Indigenous art in Australia, 'Dawidi Djulwarak', pg. 46, Sydney, 2004, 46, 47 (colour illus.).
Hetti Perkins and Ken Watson, A material thing - objects from the collection, Sydney, 1999.
Cara Pinchbeck, Art from Milingimbi, ‘Dawidi’, pg. 64-71, Sydney, 2016, 70 (colour illus.), 140.
Daniel Thomas, Look, 'Diverse memories: From the Gallery’s new wing to planted koalas and igneous rock', pg. 29-31, Sydney, Feb 2010, 31 (colour illus.). Excerpts of transcript located in the AGNSW archives compiled by Steven Miller.