#73 Thorny Devil Lizard Tracks - SHARON TURNER : Utopia Aboriginal Art SIZE: 91 X 90cm
ARTISTS: Sharon Turner
LANGUAGE: Amnatajerre / Kaytetye - Utopia North Central Desert region
TITLE: Thorny Lizard Tracks
MEDIUM: Painting - acrylic on canvas
This is the story of the Thorny Devil Lizard.
The dots represent the thorny skin and the tracks the Lizard makes as it crosses the desert in search of food and water. The different colours reflect how the lizard changes its skin colour with the changing temperature of the sun and when under threat.
Not only does the Thorny Devil Lizard make good eating, because of its spines, it makes an ideal hairbrush.
Sharon Turner is from Utopia, Northern Territory and her skin name is Nakamarra. Sharon paints stories from both her mother’s and father’s country. Sharon was taught to paint by her mother and aunties, the Numina sisters. Her Grandmother, Barbara Price Mbitjana also taught Sharon how to paint stories from her country near Ti Tree in the Northern Territory. Sharon’s mother, Caroline Numina Napananka, continues to teach Sharon stories and painting. Sharon attends school in Darwin and travels to her desert country on a regular basis to learn more stories from her elders, which she will pass on to her family in the future.
See Caroline Numina's Collections profile for further information on her and her sister artists.