YILANGGU NGIYA Original Painting 2020
Synthetic Polymer Paint on Canvas
90 x 120cm
Collection: Yilanggu Ngiya Year: 2020
YILANGGU NGIYA (I am here) focuses on cultural practices of the Gunggari people. Body paint, bush leaves, song, dance and hunting are woven together with the colours of the land.
“This painting holds deep meaning to me personally. It’s about family, home, culture and my creator. Love weaves all of these together, that is the central theme of this piece. I want the viewer to stop, pause and find things that you can be grateful for in your life. I believe appreciation and gratitude are the soil in which joy thrives, giving us a much happier disposition and attitude. This piece highlights one way we can do so, through the natural world around us and the people in our life. As you look at the painting closer the details reveal a special story. The green dots are our bush and the leaves we burn in song and dance. The pink dots are our beautiful mothers, nans, aunties, sisters, wives and daughters. The brown and white lines are our men and boys painted up in body paint and they perform a dance. The red earthy dots are the creators spirit, his active force he used in creating life. The different shades of white talk about identity. A lot of our people are mixed blood, but beneath there is still that black blood represented by the brown line. All together these elements express appreciation for the creator and the gift of life.” - Ethan-james Kotiau