This painting is on a Tasmanian Blackwood board. Below are some words by the artist about the paintings on her artwork.
The Yellow Scarf
My art respects the power of the ancestral beings, and the relationship between people and the land.
Traditional aboriginal culture uses the body as a transmitter of symbolism and mythology.
The child’s face is painted white and body adorned with an armband and belt representing his connection to ancestry and the land. His attempt to play with the symbols from his mother’s dress and her subtle gathering in of his body, portrays protection and understanding. Her yellow scarf is symbolic of joy, love and happiness.
The levels of interpretation of an image or design depends on the ritual knowledge of both the artist and viewer, and on an understanding of the ancestral landscape of the Wiradjuri people.
Below pictures show details of this arwork: