32. Spear Head
Elvis, in collaboration with his partner, artist Stephanie Durilla, has pioneered a new, unique artform. Utilising a manganese base, reminiscent of traditional Groote Eylandt bark styles, Elvis creates intricate, graphic patterns using sacred, coloured sand collected from a secret site near the mangroves at Bartalumba Outstation.
“The sand, no one used the sand a long time ago. It’s a new one. A new idea just came up. I use the glue and the sand. Idea just come to my head, into my brain. The sand is my songline from Bartalumba (Bay Outstation). Stephanie (my wife), when she look the bird, I shaped the bird and she saw the wings and thought the sand should be the feathers.” ~ Elvis Bara
- Manganese, medium, earth pigments and fixative on stringybark wood
- Dimensions: 132.5 x 7 cm
- Cat No. EB04-0026
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