#G Bushfire Dreaming - JONATHON HOCKLEY - Aboriginal Art SIZE: 88 x 136cm
ARTIST: JONATHON HOCKLEY
AREA: Mt Leibig / Central Desert
MEDIUM: Painting - acrylic on canvas
TITLE: Watyi-Wanu (Bushfire) Dreaming with Snake
“The women look for bush tucker. They use fire to burn-off and bring the Honey Ants and Witchety Grubs out so they can collect them to eat.
They walk to the creek to collect Bush Cherries and look for Goanna or Snake eggs to cook on the fire. When they catch a Snake it is thrown on the fire, when skin is black it is ready to eat”
The colours dotted in the background represent different parts of the bushfire and story – white being for grass, yellow for ash, pink embers, red flame, black charcoal, green for the first growth of new grass after the fire, grey smoke and the dark yellow colour is the dung of the witchetty grub.
Jonathon Hockley is a Walpiri man living in Darwin with his daughter and mother, the renowned artist, Sonda Turner Nampimjmpa.
Jonathan was taught and influenced by his mother and his uncles, highly respected Papunya Tula artists, Paddy Carroll Tjungurrayi and Two Bob Tjungurrayi.