Kunwarrde Bim (Stone Country Painting) is a collection of etchings by nine artists from Injalak Arts and Crafts in Western Arnhem Land. The x-ray images are based on ancient rock art at Injalak Hill, which overlooks the community of Oenpelli.
The kinga (saltwater crocodile) is a highly respected and feared animal that has significance as a food source and a totem to many Aboriginal people in Arnhem Land. Glen has depicted this kinga with a shortened tail, as it appears several significant rock art signs in the area. Although known as the saltwater crocodile, kinga are estuarine and can be found throughout the freshwater courses and billabongs of Arnhem Land.
These prints and the process undertaken demonstrate a tangible link between Binninj (Aboriginal people of the region) their land, art and culture. Unbroken links survive over the millennia, between an ancient life and the contemporary setting which continues to inform its people. Perhaps the final word should go to Gabriel Maralngurra, “we want to help balanda (white people) to understand, that rock art is part of our culture, then and now”.
© Injalak Arts and Crafts 2006