Drawing on the teachings of her influential father, Tarisse recalls the philosophy he taught her – that everything in life is circular. There is no beginning and no end. Unlike her sister, Sarrita who paints the same thematic in thick textured paint, Tarisse uses thin, flat paint sticking within the tonal variations of one colour. She creates a refined and sophisticated look and the colours of yellow, pink or blue construct a modern design. The repetition of the circle across the canvas refers to her father’s philosophy but is completed with such preciseness that it aesthetically resembles the accuracy of a print.
This painting depicts the feathers of the Ankerre (Emu).
During the Jukurrpa (Dreamtime) many Ankerre (Emu) travelled across the Central Australian region from the Western Desert to the East, many of them perished, leaving behind significant sites and stories. During their long journey one of the Ankerre went searching for food, a bush tucker, called Kutjuta (Bush Tomato). The Ankerre came across an old Ahltora (Bush Turkey) in Ngarleyekwerleng grass plains, my Grandfathers country. The Ankerre asked the Ahltora if he had any Kutjuta, the Ahltora replied that he had only dry, tasteless bush tucker. The Ankerre was too tired to travel and so he stayed around, waiting for the Ahltora to wander away.
When the Ahltora flew away in the evening the Ankerre searched the area where he had seen the Ahltora earlier. As he walked around he came across a big tree and behind the tree was a deep trench filled with bush tucker, Kutjuta. The Ankerre tasted one of the Kutjuta and it was sweet and delicious. The Ahltora returned and found the Ankerre eating his hidden store of Kutjuta. They started to argue and began to fight. The Ankerre tried to hit the Ahltora with his wing and missed, hitting, and splitting a Kutjuta and spreading the rest around, creating Ngarleyekwerleng.
Sacred sites and special ceremonial places belong to this story in Ngarleyekwerleng. The trench, the large stones (Kutjuta) and the split stone (Kujuta) caused by the Ankerre have formed the landscape around my country, Ngarleyekwerleng.
THIS PIECE WAS A FINALIST IN THE 2020 LETHBRIDGE GALLERY SMALL ART AWARD!
Artist: Sarrita King
Title: Cicada Place
Medium: Acrylic on Raw Linen
This painting was inspired by visits to Dads hometown Katherine. During my time in Nitmiluk Gorge I was inspired by the beautiful rock faces of the gorge. The towering beauty and the rich colours of the stone. So many of my family spent hours on the sandy river banks and fishing for dinner. Nitmiluk translates to Cicada place in the language of the traditional owners, the Jawoyn people.