My Country

$8800

120 x 180 cm

The main feature that appears repeatedly in DorisĀ“s paintings are waterholes. These are not always the water filled rock-holes that dot the arid Australian interior but often subterranean aquifers from which the women may dig for water.

 

It is her ceremonial duty then, to maintain a sense of connection and homage to these vital components of the landscape that has been walked in Nomadic fashion by the Warlpiri people for time immemorial. It could be said then, that the act of executing a painting such as those produced by Doris is akin to the physical ceremonies performed through singing, dancing and body painting that are still a strong part of Warlpiri tradition today