By Damien and Yilpi Marks.
These uniquely designed rugs are finished to a very high standard. Wool is used to embroider the pattern which is then stitched onto a heavy weight canvas which serves as the backing for each rug/wall hanging. The underside of the rug has been prepared with an anti-slip surface. To use as a wall-hanging, there is a fold-over on one side of each piece to allow for rods to pass through.
This is a teaching painting, describing a dry season in Damien’s homeland, Mount Liebig, in the Northern Territory. It illustrates aspects of landscape and culture that was told to Damien by his great-grandparents. Women sit with children collecting bush potatoes (the red shapes at the top of the painting) and are preparing for inma (ceremony). One man, wati, sits down with his waru (spear). Controlled burnings are taking place as the spinifex is dry, and this means good fruits can grow. The small star-like symbols represent women’s body paint that the women paint on each other for inma. A dry creekbed runs through the painting (in red and white), and there are cracks in the claypans, dried rockholes (tjukula), and sandhills (tali).