Karku – Mary Gibson

$1,200.00

76.2cm x 101.5cm: acrylic on canvas

Artwork is sold unstretched

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76.2cm x 101.5cm: acrylic on canvas

Artwork is sold unstretched

Mary Gibson

Mary was born bush way at Kuluwarri, west of Kulkurta in the western desert. As a child she lived in the bush with her family before they walked to Papunya and lived there for many years. She is the mother of well known artist Bob Gibson. She now spends her time between Tjukurla and Docker River and is a central figure at the art centres in both communities.

Karku – Mary

Mary was born bush way at Kuluwarri, west of Kulkurda. As a child she lived in the bush with her family, walking huge distances across the desert. Mary’s in depth knowledge of the sand hills, clay pans and rock holes of her country are represented with bold lines and detailed dot work in her traditional style paintings.

This painting depicts Karku, Mary’s mother’s country. There is a puli (big hill) and many tali (sandhills) at Karku. Nestled in the hill is a rockhole where the people of the Tingarri (dreaming) collected fresh water. Mary steadily works her away across the canvas, repeating motifs that are part of a visual language unique to the Western Desert, to allow for a continuation of traditional forms and stories.