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Dale Hunter / In The Belly of the Rainbow Serpent
35cm x 63cm Acrylic on Tasmanian BlackwoodView more from artist
35cm x 63cm Acrylic on Tasmanian Blackwood
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In Dale’s words: I am an identified aborigine who was born in Melbourne Victoria in 1959. My family are from the Wiradjuri mob in NSW. I would like to acknowledge that my art respects the power of the ancestral beings, expresses individual and group identity, and the relationship between people and the land.
Dale Hunter who was born in Victoria in 1959, her family are from the Wiradjuri mob in NSW and she currently lives in Tasmania. Dale has a Fine Art Degree from the University of Tasmania, she also has a teaching degree as well as a Graduate Certificate in TESOL. She currently works as a school teacher in St Helens, Tasmania.
Dale says that painting the Aboriginal image on Tasmanian Blackwood creates a cultural connection with our mother the earth. The Blackwood manifests a hologram effect transcending time and place. Representational paintings of the indigenous body is the fundamental theme in her work.
Dale’s husband mills the timber from their 350 acre property near St Helens in Tasmania. He resurrects dead Blackwood trees and turns them into a truly beautiful sculptural piece. After using acrylics to paint the wood, each piece is then varnished several times to enhance the natural grain of the Blackwood. Forged metal hangers are created individually for each unique and collectable piece of art.
The Blackwood, which has absorbed the passing of time, actively participates in the transmission of myths and symbolism. Dale’s artwork moves away from traditional dot painting.
• Fine Art Degree from the University of Tasmania. Major Art Theory – Aboriginal Art Practice and Culture
• Bachelor of Teaching, Deakin University
• Graduate Certificate Teaching English Second Other Language (TESOL), University of Wollongong
• Currently employed at St Helens District High School as a teacher
• Solo exhibition University Tasmania Plimsoll Gallery, 2005
• Assistant to Gloria Petyarre and Barbara Weir Art Mob, 2006
• Exhibitor Tasmania Art Fair 2001, 2002, 2003
• Private art teacher 10 years St Helens 2000-2010
The Rainbow Serpent is a common theme in Indigenous Dreaming stories. It belongs to our mother the earth and it is from her that it springs forth. The baby Rainbow Serpents are climbing the eye of their Mother the earth. In Dreaming stories, aborigines can sometimes fear The Rainbow Serpent because it has been know to go into camps at night to eat the sleeping aborigines.
Aborigines will often tell their Dreamings to children as a means of protection from drowning or getting lost in the desert, even falling off cliffs.
The women in this painting hold their crying babies and protect them from the slithering Rainbow snakes. They are all in the belly of the giant Rainbow Snake which has snuck into their camp and eaten them all up.
The children will be warned of obeying the Ancestral Beings and adhering to traditional law as a means of avoiding the fearsome Rainbow Snake. They wear the traditional markings of white to show respect and to evoke a greater power than themselves. They wear the red headband to be connected to their Mother the earth.
After using acrylics to paint the wood, each piece is then varnished several times to enhance the natural grain of the Blackwood. Forged metal hangers are created individually for each unique and collectable piece of art.
This painting is branded with the number 39 and signed on the back by the artist.
Blackwood in Aboriginal Culture ~ Blackwood Acacia melanoxylon
The fine hard wood of this wattle made strong spear-throwers, boomerangs, clubs and shields in parts of Tasmania and Victoria. Aborigines used to soak the bark in water to bathe painful joints. A powerful analgesic can also be derived from the Blackwood tree. The hard wood was also used to make shields and woomeras, whilst the inner bark was used to make string. The tree’s twigs and its bark were also used to stupefy fish as a way of fishing. Leaves and branches were often placed in fishing areas thus stunning the fish and making then a very easy catch.
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