Burning Branch 1, 2007 Dimensions: 193×152 cm Acrylic on linen
Two trees have been uprooted by a recent cyclone and lie tangled together. A dry season fire has just passed through, cleaning up the debris and the tall spear grass. My Aboriginal friend loves this painting, saying that the land has been cleared for hunting. Now the kangaroos will come to feed on the tender new grass shoots that spring up after the fire and can be easily pursued. Grass fires up here in the Top End are traditionally seen as ‘housekeeping’, looking after country.