Title: Mountain Devil Lizard (Thorny Devil Lizard)
Artist: Violet Petyarre
Size: 90 x 60 cm Unframed
Medium: Acrylic on canvas May 2010
COA and pictures of the artist holding and signing her work will be provided.
This work depicts the Mountain Devil Lizard Dreamtime story about an old woman traveling across the Atnangker country outlining the landscape and identifying sacred sites. The Mountain Devil Lizard dreaming story is Kathleen Petyarre’s totem, with the responsibility to look after the lizard. Kathleen Petyarre represents the epic journey of the Mountain Devil Lizard Dreaming (Arnkerrth) as it traveled across her traditional country (Atnangker) unlike sisters Gloria Petyarre and Violet Petyarre who focus on the Mountain Devil Lizard’s physical appearance.
The Anmatyerre and Alyawerre people of Utopia have a special dreamtime story about the lizard, believing that the lizard carries coloured ochre (natural earth pigments) in the sack around its neck and is responsible for the distribution of ochre (colour) throughout the desert landscape.
The Mountain Devil Lizard is also known as the Thorny Devil Lizard.