Even As We Speak
2005, 75 x175 cms
This caprice relates to the ongoing cultural
practice of the Whitegate mob. Pauly and Michael Hayes support an enlarged
detail from a photo by Ted Strehlow of senior men in conference at a
ceremonial site, sixty kilometres north east of Alice Springs. I visited
Atnape, several times with Aranye which is where he was initiated.
Edward Neal adopts the pose of God from Michaelangelo's Sistine Chapel,
Last Judgement. I wanted to pay tribute to the continued reference to
the grandfathers (who may well appear in the Strehlow photo) and the
continued interest in the old photographs as a source and touchstone, not to
mention requests for my own collection.