Painting

Production date
1999
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Painting titled, 'The gathering of the River'. Gouache painting on card of landcsape, in preparation for mural along walkway at the Museum of Tropical Queensland.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander painting
Signature/Marks
K. Doolan '99'
History and use
Aboriginal artist Karen Doolan (Ari Ari) of the Tagalukka, Gurrang Gurrang and Wakka Wakka clans created this work in 1999. Titled 'The gathering by the River', the painting tells the story of the order of nature around Ross Creek in Townsville.

"The artwork is a representation of the natural order of nature and how it works, every animal has a purpose also the tree, plants and rivers, all work together and there is a balance.
This artwork is a story of the Ross River creek, where the salt water starts to meet the fresh water.
The ibis nest in the trees along with the fruit bats, you will see this in the late afternoons when the sun is going down.
When the tide goes out it exposes the mangroves roots.
The fish are coming in with the high tide to feed.
Tide goes out and provides food for other animals.
The crocodile has always been there and continues to uard the river.
The white gum tree and paperback protect the banks of the Ross River, the further you go up the creek you find the rainforest plants and wildlife.
This is called, "The gathering by the River"
- Karen Doolan
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Registration number
QE13703

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