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.