Lorraine Gill Galleries - The Australian Series

Emu Country

During my stay on an Aboriginal settlement, where I was treated very kindly, I went with a friend out, way out, into what they told me was 'Emu Country'. Storms arose and the earth became a lime green. On the ground there were white snail shells left over from previous seas and the skies became purple, interspersed with white lightning forks which seemed to strike at the four corners of the earth. The entire scene reminded me of a Medieval map where two people were at the centre of the Universe. The spiral is a device to bring the space forward into the centre of the painting. All around, the broken trees and markings of the emu reflect this spiral movement.
 

Emu Country