Youth With Rope(Maxie Loo- Hayes)

 

2004  88 x 103 cms NFS

 

Maxie is situated on the track between Whitegate and Hidden Valley camps. The tree house fitted perfectly into the ominous theme of the work. At the time of asking Maxie to participate there had been no youth suicides amongst the Hidden Valley population, though relatives from other camps had in the recent past. tragically, shortly after the painting was completed, an older relative, without warning, hung himself from a tree only a few hundred metres from the site pictured. Suicide is a recent phenomenon in Arrernte culture, perhaps less than a decade old, and trying to understand it is a complex challenge.