Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
91 x 91 cm
This painting is described by Poly as ï¿½'pretty flowersï¿½â€œ. In exceptional seasons, rain has deluged across this arid land and the hidden fertility of the earth springs forth with abundant growth. Paramount to this extraordinary display of a variety of plant and grass, is the food resource that it used to provide in traditional times.
These times, Poly recalls the colour of the leaves and fruits of the land in her painting. In the lead up to rain, there is much ceremonial business being carried out. This activity also includes rainmaking as well as initiation. Women's ceremonial business is called 'awelye' and this painting celebrates Poly's belief that 'awelye' is a potent spiritual force in nature and part of survival in the harsh arid land of this region.