Lot 271: Lorna Naparrula Fencer 2002 Caterpillar Dreaming synthetic polymer paint on canvas
December 11, 2016
Ashfield, AustraliaLive Auction
Lorna Naparrula Fencer
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
131 x 100 cm
Katherine Art Gallery, NT. Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, NSW.
This painting tells a story of women heading into the bush collecting bush tucker.
The women would travel all day in large groups,singing and dancing as they collected food to take back to their large families at the campsite.
The women quite often come across a caterpillar that they call the ''cheeky one''. This is because this particular caterpillar constantly bites the women while they are picking fruit making them quite itchy.
These caterpillars are luminous green in colour with bright eyes. In this painting the artist has depicted the home of the caterpillar in the Tanami Desert, NT. The Dreaming track,or songline runs through the artist''s country and she is one of the most important custodians of the story.The landscape is portrayed as abundant and full of flowers in bloom.