Worm Dreaming inscribed 'Clifford Possum' on the reverse synthetic polymer paint on linen 190 x 120cm
PROVENANCE: Painted in 1993 Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Melbourne Ebes Collection, Melbourne
LITERATURE: Hank Ebes (ed.), Nangara: the australian aboriginal art exhibition from the Ebes collection, Melbourne: The Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, 1996, vol 1, p.68, cat. no.235; vol 2, cat. no.235 (illus.).
EXHIBITED: Nangara: the australian aboriginal art exhibition from the Ebes collection, Stichting Sint-jan, Brugge, Belgium, March 9 - June 23, 1996, cat. no.235
Cf. For an earlier, stylistically similar example of the same subject from the Holmes a Court collection see Narripi Worm Dreaming, 1986 in Vivien Johnson, The Art of Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Sydney: Gordon and Breach Arts International, 1994, p.107, pl.43.
The Worm Dreaming is associated with Narripi, 100 kilometres east of Mount Allan. The undulating lines simultaneously depict the tracks of the worm as it burrows underground as well as the travels of the Ancestral Worm Men as they moved across the earth in mythological times. This design was drawn from body paint designs for ceremony and sand painting.
This painting is sold with a CD of the artist painting and singing the story.