Fire Story - Maker of New Life by Alison Anderson

Details of Fire Story - Maker of New Life

Fire Story - Maker of New Life by Alison Anderson
Catalog Number : 833461
Size : 122cm x 92cm
Medium : Acrylic On Linen
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About Fire Story - Maker of New Life
The fire story track maps out a path leading from the site of Warlugulong, west of
Yuendumu, through sandhill and mountain country as far south as Watarru in the
Great Victoria Desert. The fire ancestor is the maker of life. In this canvas the
ancestral being’s initial journey is depicted: the journey also serves to tell people of
the desert region where their particular stories begin and end. Adjacent to this
particular story track are many others, like that focused on the site of Watiyawanu,
where Mt Liebig community stands today. Ancestral creatures and presences such as
the Honey Ant (Tjupi) and the Mala are also present in this landscape, indeed their
traces shape and constitute it, and their various winding journey-lines cross each
other. According to the artist, “they tell us that we have many ties to neighbouring
stories as well. This is a mapping in an image of our life and our connections and our
songs, of ownership of traditions, of bonds among people, of friendships,
relationships, links in life.” The colours in the canvas express the intensity of the
ancestral fire as it travelled, furnacing the world in its molten heat. The lines in white
trace the fire-front in its initial journey, which is commemorated in ceremonial dance
and song to this day; the reds and ochres and darker oranges and pale yellows reenact
the hue of the flames burning on the face of the new-made land.