Lorraine Gill Galleries - The Australian Series

Papunya

When I first visited Papunya, it was still a tiny area in the desert where various roads seemed randomly to meet at a point that became the heart of contact between the Aboriginal people and the white people.

The earth there was like a skin and the area itself had an aura of hopeful integration and creative exchange.

I was one of the only white female artists ever allowed to live with them.

The Aboriginal Papunya artists became my friends and I was completely overawed by their work.

This was before they made the massive impact on the world apparent today.

The red orange of the earth and the red centre of the settlement were like a healing wound.

The white and black stick figures are small units dispersed yet trying to integrate.

The entire scene at that particular time reminded me of a healing taking place.
 


Papunya