Maker unrecorded | Throwing stick, before 1970 | Wood, pyrograph, acrylic paint | Mornington Island, Queensland | Donated by Mr John Bartholomew 2003
Maker unrecorded | Throwing stick, before 1970 | Wood, pyrograph, acrylic paint | Mornington Island, Queensland | Donated by Mr John Bartholomew 2003

Curated by Diana Young with a catalogue essay by John Morton
26 October 2015 - 5 February 2016

Closed

Free entry
 

This is a small exhibition showing pairs and groups of snakes from the UQ Anthropology Museum’s Collection. The snakes appear as paintings, prints and relief carvings. There are precise skin markings evident on many.

The works are drawn from makers living and working in central and Western Australia and Queensland. All the works were made to sell. Named artists include Ron Hurley, Niningka Lewis, Barbara Nipper Tjakatu and Jimmy Pike. The rippling forms in this show, conveying snake movement and tracks, span more than seventy human years.

All the snakes here are images of important Ancestral beings. Snakes have a religious aspect and a labile character, liable to turn into someone else as they travel along. Or appear suddenly from a waterhole or from a hole in the ground. The snakes might be related to one another as family. They might be a companionable pair, or a group of poisonous snakes, pythons and even rainbow serpents.

Read more about the exhibition here.

School holidays activity for kids

Bring the kids in these school holidays for some nature spotting. In this exhibition kids can search for animals hiding within objects and look at the different ways the artists have depicted snakes and their skins across a variety of media, shapes and techniques. Clip board and drawing materials are available for those inspired.

Look out for the different ways of showing snakeskin.
Why do you think that the artists chose these particular objects for the snakes?
Can you find a dog?
Can you find a bird? Perhaps it’s an eagle?
Can you find a man?
Can you find eggs?


 

 

 

 

               

Maker unrecorded
Shield
Hardwood, acrylic paint
Provenance unrecorded

 
 

            Niningka Lewis
            Malara, 2012
            Pyrograph diptych, acrylic paint on
            plywood panels
            Mutitjulu, Northern Territory
            Acquired 2014
            © the artist, licenced by Viscopy 2015

 

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