We continue our series on the work of the late Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, senior Kaiadilt artist from Bentinck Island in Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia. Like so many great artists, Sally Gabori excelled at painting the world she knew, here you are introduced to her grandfather’s country.
‘Dingkari is an outside hunting ground to the south of Bentinck Island. It has a shallow reef but has very deep water right next to it. It is a good place to hunt dugong and turtle.’
Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori
Dingkari (Dingkarri) is the Country of Mirdidinkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori’s grandfather Dingkarringathi, and brother, Makarrkingathi Dingkarringathi Thuwathu Bijarrb (King Alfred). It is a small islet and important tidal hunting ground to the south of Sweers Island. It is partially connected to Sweers by a long series of shallow rocky reefs called Karandjalt, which extend into the waters of the Gulf like a long hook, connecting the islet to the base of Bardathurr, the highest hill on Kaiadilt Country and the final resting place of Dibirdibi, the Rock Cod Ancestor.
Dingkari was revered as a hunting area, as the deep channels that flow at the edge of the reef attract dugong, turtle and large species of fish. Kaiadilt men would travel to Dingkari using walpu, Kaiadilt log rafts. Most of Sally Gabori’s Dingkari paintings feature circular, oval or rectangular shapes, reflecting the islet at different stages of tidal flux. Some show the interconnecting reefs between Sweers Island and Dingkari, while in others the islet is alone and adrift in a sea of paint.
You can view these paintings and more until 28 August in the Gallery’s exhibition ‘Dulka Warngiid – Land of all’ before our exhibition travels to the National Gallery of Victoria from 23 September 2016
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Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori: Dulka Warngiid – Land of all
Only until 28 August 2016 | QAG | Free
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