59 x 43 cm
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#669 LOCATION: Bondi Beach
The Wagilag Sisters Dreaming story is one of the major creation stories of the Aboriginal people from Arnhem Land. It was the subject of a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia in 1997. The first state of this print was produced by the artist especially to accompany the exhibition.
Widtji, the olive python, lives at Mirrarmina where the two sisters make camp after one has given birth to a baby boy. Widtji swallows the woman after they dance to stop the rain. The first monsoon began when the python spurts water from the waterhole into the sky. He later brings the women back up after feeling ill, the floodwaters then recede and the women become two large boulders which are found in this place to this day.
The second state of the lithograph was agreed to by Phillip in 1999, making the decision with the printmaker to use a bright red ochre as the base colour. To increase the strength of the darker areas of the python two more stones were used to achieve it's painterly quality and darker tone.