acrylic on canvas
180 x 120 cm
Provenance: Warlayirti Artists, WA - Private Collection, NSW
Story: Boxer is a community elder living in Kururrungku Community, which is also known as Billiluna. He and his two brothers are custodians for the country and the stories of the Sturt Creek area. Boxer's paintings all depict different physical and mythological aspects of the middle and upper stretches of Sturt Creek. He often depicts the flooding of the creek, and the changes to the country this brings, both during the flooding and after the water starts to recede. The area of Milnga-Milnga is a major flood plain for Sturt Creek and is inundated every summer after the rains. This is important for all nature, including people, and the artist's family who have always lived here, 'look after' the area by keeping its associated Law and ceremonies. A significant portrayal of the water in Boxer's paintings of Sturt Creek is white, depicting the 'milk water' which runs after rain has fallen in the clay soils upstream of Billiluna. His work includes wonderful rainbows, rain clouds and the temporary creeks that are formed during the wet season.