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Pillapay-Kullaitaran - Valley of the palms (Glenrock Lagoon)

This vibrantly coloured and engraved artwork is depictive of the Glenrock Lagoon area, called "Pillapay-Kullaitaran" meaning "Valley of the palms". A place rich in natural resources including stone, ochre and coal, quarried by Awabakal people and traded throughout the Hunter region. This horizontally layered work in earthy tones and blues hold a twofold meaning. Represent the resources layered within the earth, while the blues depicts the lagoon and the East Coast. The circle at the centre of the work depicts the lagoon while the patterned trails surrounded this shows the pathways taken by Awabakal on regular visits to the fresh water supply it offered. The area was a favoured aboriginal camp site. The banks of some of the creeks in the area draining into the lagoon show rubbing grooves, the result of grinding stone axes.  In addition to the stone quarries, sites include aboriginal wall paintings, middens, open camp sites and Aboriginal pathways.

Size: 500 x 500 mm

Medium: Mixed medium on premium stretched canvas with hanging hooks and wire.

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