Artist | Lowell Hunter, Sand Art
Artist | Tarryn Love, Paint
ORIGINAL POA - Price on Application
250 CM x 140 CM
Framed in Blackwood
Whales are a part of the dreaming of various mobs throughout Australia. As we travel, the animals that visit our Country remind us of our connection to culture and our place in the world. Growing up on Gunditjmara Country, Lowell had the privilege of swimming and bodyboarding where the Whales would come to birth their young calves every year. As a young boy Lowell was taught the Whale Dance which strengthened his spiritual and cultural understanding of the connection between these beautiful creatures and the Peek Whurrong People. In travelling back to his Country in the Kimberley, Lowell learnt how the Whales pass through these waters down to the southern coastline. The artwork is a representation of the dreaming of these two beautiful places combining as one in this impressive piece.
Wadawurrung Country. Bancoora Beach, Victoria.
Painted by Artist Tarryn Love
koontapool is whale in my dialect, Keerray Woorroong. When I have witnessed koontapool visit Gunditjmara country, I know I am seeing ceremony as it lives and breathes - the dreaming as it is happening. ‘Dreaming’ as an English translation may not be adequate in describing this practice and further the role of koontapool. It might better be described as meaning ‘eternal’, including the notion of ‘seeing’ the eternal, but also originating from eternity. So seeing koontapool, is seeing the eternal, she has visited many times before me and will for many after.
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