Dream­time sto­ries on show

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE - Moya Stevens

THE new­est ex­hi­bi­tion, Dream­time Cre­ation, at the Moss­man Gorge Centre, cel­e­brates the sto­ries of Linda Burchill, her peo­ple and her coun­try.

The works, in acrylic, are themed around five el­e­ments – the land­scape, the spir­its of an­ces­tors, an­i­mals, plants and totems.

“A totem is an an­i­mal or plant which is a per­son or fam­ily’s spir­i­tual em­blem,” Linda ex­plained, “and my totem is the taipan.”

Linda grew up in Dain­tree and her in­spi­ra­tion comes from that en­vi­ron­ment.

“Dain­tree means to me liv­ing nat­u­rally and when I was liv­ing in Moss­man, I felt a call­ing to re­turn to Dain­tree,” she said, “as it is my spir­i­tual home and that’s when I started paint­ing.”

Linda ex­plained how when she was young, she ig­nored the spir­i­tual part of life but now she is in touch with her spirit, it has re­vived her and her art.

“I feel a re­spon­si­bil­ity to tell the sto­ries of the past of my peo­ple,” she said.

She said that once she re­set­tled in Dain­tree, ev­ery­thing was there for her artis­tic in­spi­ra­tion.

“I can tell the sto­ries within Yalanji bound­aries and walk the path­ways of the Yalanji cul­ture.”

Linda’s art is as colour­ful as it is ex­pres­sive of her cul­ture. As a de­scen­dent of both Eastern and West­ern Kuku Yalanji Tribal groups, she draws on the rich­ness of her tra­di­tions as well as her dreams and per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences.

“Through my art, I get to see the nat­u­ral things around me, and ap­pre­ci­ate them.”

Pieces in­clude Di­rec­tion Tree (Dubu­rari) which de­picts a sapling bent in growth to mark path­ways and tracks. Green Tur­tle (Ngawiya) shows tur­tles play­ing by rid­ing on each other’s back.

This is Linda’s sec­ond ex­hi­bi­tion, her first be­ing at Umi Arts in Cairns.

This ex­hi­bi­tion will be open un­til Jan­uary 12. The Moss­man Gorge Centre is open 8am to 6pm seven days a week, ex­clud­ing Christ­mas Day.


Linda Burchill: “My totem is the taipan”

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