Statement by the artist, Dale Hunter:
I would like to acknowledge that my art respects the power of the ancestral beings, expresses individual and group identity, and the relationship between people and the land.
A crucial factor in aboriginal culture is the transmission of myths and symbolism. Tasmanian Blackwood often portrays mythical beings within its grain, a natural phenomenon of the wood. Therefore, painting on Tasmanian Blackwood encourages this transmission because of the beautiful grain which is released when varnished.
Aboriginal children were westernised by visiting missionaries and were at times removed from their families which became known as the stolen generation. This little malangun is on country and is attached to her mother earth as represented by the colourful swirls and tracts on her hat. The ceremonial swirls and colours depict fertility, abundance and belonging to country.
This painting is branded with the number 58 and is signed by the artist.
Below is the artwork displayed in the gallery: