Alan Griffiths – Goongoolooloo
Artist: Alan Griffiths
Medium: Natural ochre and pigment on canvas
Size: 100cm x 140cm
Within the map of traditional country the painted image reveals an artist’s cultural connection. By naming country an artist states his knowledge of country, his authority in culture and ultimately his ownership of traditional lands. In this painting, the artist represents the traditional country of Goongoolooloo – The Wickham River which flows through the centre of the image. Joining it from the upper left is the Mandiga – Dibbo Creek. Below it is Dwooargalarniyi Billabong and Pisshole Creek. In the upper right is Balablan – Midnight Creek. In the lower right is William Yard Billabong and William Creek. Typical of the artist’s maps of his traditional country, Goongoolooloo is painted with broad areas of colour outlined with delicate dotting.