Mbantua Gallery, NT Cat No. MB6873
Kintoli Gallery, SA Cat No. KG-TTT-97-417
Private Collection, SA
Turkey Tolson introduced his Spear Straightening imagery around 1990 and retuned to it again and again thereafter. In time, it became his leitmotif. In this example the horizontal bands of dots evoking the shimmering heat and vast distances of the artist's desert country. In the Dreaming, the Mitukatjirri Men travelled from a claypan at Tjulula to Llyingaungau, a rocky outcrop far to the west of Alice Springs, where they made camp.
At this time a group of men entered the country from Tjikari, to the north. A fight ensued after which the Mitukatjarri Men travelled to the nearby cave where they made their ceremonies. The parallel bands of dots represent spears, which the men straightened by warming the wood over a fire, bending it into shape as they waited for the men from Tjikari to arrive.Share