Mbandtua Gallery, NT
Cooee Art, NSW
In this painting, Lena uses circular designs to represent soakages that dot her land in the Utopia Region. Lena recalls that these soakages, now all dried and used up, had plenty of water in them long ago, even when she was growing up, providing her people with a much needed water supply. With their intimate knowledge of the land, Lena’s people knew how and where to find them in their harsh desert environment.
‘Long time (ago) olden time mob get their little coolamon (bowl), they check them (soakages) – proper good one water! They find ‘em under the ground. My grandmother taught me where to find ‘em. They dry now, they finish. They (my people) drink bore water now’ – Lena Pwerle, 7th October 2008Share