Current Location:
Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall -> 3rd Floor (FINK)
Location Notes:
FINK; 3rd Floor; Hallway

Aboriginal Art Collection ➔ Water, Snake, & Emu Dreamings

Artwork
Medium:
Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 36 in Width: 24 in
Description:
A red snake in the center facing down towards a row of circles across the middle. Vertical wavy lines covering the whole canvas.
Historical Context:
The central concentric circle with emu tracks and the snake figure represents an area to the west Papunya called Tjikari. This area holds special significance as it is a place where the emu and snake ancestors emerged from the ground in the dreamtime to begin their role in the creation process. The outer concentric circles with curvy lines and dashes represents the water dreaming. The effects of rain (dashes) in the area will cause normally dry creek beds to flow (curvy lines) and fill the waterholes (circles), replenishing the land and bringing happiness to the people.

Library of Congress Subjects:
Painting