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Marlene Cooley
Synthetic polymer paint on found object
24 x 86 x 10 cm
Maruku Arts


In this sculpture the curved painted lines represents tali or sand dunes. The many dots describe the flora found in the desert landscape and the larger white dots running through depicts a road telling us of travel through the land. This walka, or design, is specific to the Cooley family. It was handed down from senior wood carvers Billy and Lulu Cooley to Marlene and evolved from the patterns burnt into carvings with wire heated on a wood fire. This was the first work created as part of a car painting project, financed by the Mutitjulu Foundation.

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