Artist: Mary Gibson
Size: 147.3cm x 177.8cm
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Biography for 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 centers in both communities.
Story from the certificate of authenticity:
This painting represents the land east of Tjukurla called 'Kurlkurta'. It is Tjukurpa story about a woman who was digging in the rockholes there. While digging she fell into the rockhole, went through the ground and came out through another rockhole. When she came out the other side she saw two big water snakes, 'Wanabi', big snakes from the Dreamtime. The women squeezed her breastmilk into the rockhole to appease the giant snake and so she escaped.