Natural Earth Pigments on Bark
40 x 70cm
Please note that prices are subject to change at the discretion of the gallery.
Gabrielle Roy Aboriginal and Sth Pacific gallery, NSW
Private Collection, NSW
Cooee Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
(Story pasted onto reverse of bark)
Mimi spirits have match thin figures, with very short necks, for if their necks were long they would snap in the breeze. Namorodos are slightly thicker in build.
These tiny spirit creatures live in the rocky escarpments which stretch in an almost unbroken line for hundreds of miles north and south of Oenpelli in Arnhem Land. Paintings of Mimis and Namorodos are prominently featured in the rock galleries of the escarpments.
Mimis are friendly little souls which live within the rocks by day. As soon as it is dark they blow a hole in the rocks and come out to cavort among the rocky escarpments -hunting, fishing, making love, dancing and singing. Towards dawn they retreat into the rocks and pull the rock door shut after them.
Namorodos also live in the rocks and come out at night, but they are unfriendly and naughty, delighting in frightening anyone found wandering or sleeping near the escarpments.