The Great Flood of 1922
Catalogue No: QNM25-55
Limited Edition: 55
Image Size: 55 x 65 cm
Paper size: 76 x 106 cm
Paper: BFK Rives
Printer: Stuart Blannin Ferguson
Studio: Rousel Screenprints, Sydney, NSW
Published: Sydney, NSW
Queenie McKenzie is a Gija woman whose work depicts her strong connection to country. She grew up on Texas Downs station, surrounded by limestone hills, waterholes and boab trees.
In this limited edition screenprint, Queenie depicts the flooding of the Old Texas homestead in 1922. The homestead is flooded to the roof with dirty floodwater shown as pink, a colour she often used in her ochre on canvas paintings. The hills in the lower right depict the landscape of ‘Old Texas’. To escape the rising water, all the stores were taken to higher ground and the people sat around and drank beer, waiting for the waters to recede.
Queenie McKenzie is one of Australia’s notable female Indigenous artists and is included in many major exhibitions and collections including the National Gallery of Australia.