Banana Springs

Artist: Queenie Nakarra McKenzie

Region: Bungle Bungles, WA

Medium/Type: Limited Edition Print

Size: 65 x 46 cm

Catalogue Number: QNM76-99

Price: $3,000


Date: 1998, 25 June
Catalogue No: QNM76-99 - PM105 
Edition: 99; plus 2 artist’s proof, 2 print proofs, 1 workshop proof
Image Size: 46 x 64.4 cm
Paper size: 55.6 x 75.9 cm (sheet - deckle-edged)
Print Type: Stencil
Technique: Screenprint, printed in colour, from multiple stencils
Support: Thick white wove Magnani paper
Printer: Franck Gohier and Shaun Poustie, Red Hand Prints 2000
Produced at: Red Hand Print, Darwin, NT
Publisher: Waringarri Arts

Note: Produced at SOCOG workshop. It was during this workshop that we extended the colour range or palette of the Hemi system, to accomodate all the amazing colours that Queenie mixed from the basic ochre palette. We (Red Hand Print) still have a bottle of “Queenie Pink” opaque as a keepsake in the storage cupboard.

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.

Banana Springs is an all year round spring located at the Old Texas Downs station, East of Warmun (Turkey Creek) WA. The artist remembered as a young girl travelling with drays and horses to Old Texas Downs and collecting bananas off the Manager, Jack Kelly, who grew a plantation along the spring. They would then load up the drays with bananas and take them to Wyndham, approximately 170 kilometres away. In those days the township of Kununurra didn’t exist.

The Dreamtime story associated with the spring tells about an old Aboriginal man and his wife living there at the spring. When they died they turned into rocks and created a waterfall. The print depicts the husband as the red rock on the left hand side and his wife is to the right. The bananas are growing at the bottom. The pink areas are the waterfall run off.

Queenie Nakarra McKenzie

Region: Kimberley, WA

One of the most senior figures in Gija women's law and ceremony, and one of the most prominent painters of the Warmun (Turkey Creek) community.

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