Kudditji Kngwarreye

My Country

Acrylic on canvas
133 x 171 cm
(52.4 x 67.3 in)


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Kudditji was a traditional custodian of his country and of the Emu story, for which he was responsible in initiating the younger men of his clan. Although not much detail is given about aspects of this initiation, it is generally understood that this involved the practical teaching of hunting the Emu as well as the spiritual story of the Emu ancestors. It was Kudditji's obligation to continue this story and his intimate physical and spiritual knowledge of the Anmatyerre country is what he transferred onto his canvas.

Kudditji mixes his colours directly onto the canvas, layering his paint into a patchwork formation. Often his works will change throughout the day as different light sources draw out different colours and elements, whilst others recede. It is in this depth that his story of country and the story of the Emu resides, the complexity and vastness of his landscape only accessible in patches as they come to light.

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