ochre pigment on stringybark
290 cm x 22 cm
$15,500, including stand
2020 Finalist for the Wynne Prize
The large lorrkkon (hollow log) depicts two Ngalyod (rainbow serpents) at the site Kubumi on Kulmarru clan country. Ngalyod is an important female creator ancestor in Kuninjku religion, associated with the storms and the tempestuous weather of the wet season. Kubumi is a series of deep waterholes along the Mann River that are connected by underground tunnels that Ngalyod created and where she rests today. The site is owned jointly by the Kurulk, Kulmarru and Bordoh clans. In this work, the Ngalyod are depicted with forked tongues, sharp teeth and fin-like tails, referencing the freshwater bodies she inhabits and guards.