Dog Pack at Pine Gap

1991, 115 x 264 cms NFS

 

Public Collection, Araluen Cultural Complex, Alice Springs 

Pine Gap, or Kyumba, is a notable Arrernte sacred site and part of young men's initiation stories. The southern flank of the ridge pictured to the right of the painting is the place women sat with kids while the men went about their business with initiates on the northern side. The pines which attribute their name to the place are liberally sprinkled up this narrow axis. I've intruded a pack of feral dogs into the scene. Out of sight and beyond the vanishing point is the Joint Australian/American Defence Base, whose secretive role in security has given rise to local if not national ire and has been the scene of numerous protests by Peace Action groups.