Earth Cycles & Watiya, 2015
Acrylic on linen
60 x 178 cm
Earth Cycles - Drawing on the teachings of her influential father, Sarrita recalls the philosophy he taught her – that everything in life is circular. There is no beginning and no end; the connection between people and the world around them is ongoing. Sarrita echoes her father’s depiction of the Earth Cycles with the repetition of concentric circles across the canvas. The circles and dots identify the connections and relationships found throughout life. Sarrita dots her circles with a stick heavily laded with paint. The paint is so thick that the dots hold form and often contain peaks where the stick left the canvas. The result is prickly, textural and 3-D. Sarrita usually only uses white and another bold colour, such as red, that slowly bleeds its way across the canvas. True to their title, these paintings are full of youthfulness and provide a sharp contemporary aesthetic.
Watiya - The painting depicts watiya tjuta (trees). The Aboriginal men use the wood from these trees to make spears, artefacts and ceremonial objects associated with mens business.
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