My Country, 2019
Acrylic on linen
190 x 190 cm
This collaborative painting by husband and wife, Yilpi and Damien Marks is a rich depiction of ceremonial practice. Painted from a topographic point of view looking down on the land and the ceremony, this painting details the adornments worn by the people, body paint designs and the various ceremonial tools. Often during ceremony, the elders would teach the younger generation providing them with important cultural and survival knowledge. The men who travelled with the women would sit on the outskirts as guardians to protect the women during ceremonies.
The bright colour palette is a reflection of the intensity of the colours found in the desert areas.
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