Dreamtime stories on show
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”