Title: ‘Under the Milky Way’ Artist: Frances Belle Parker (Yaegl) Date: 2019 Medium: Acrylic on Linen Dimensions: 90cm x 120cm
‘Under the Milky Way’ is a painting which pays homage to traditional navigation of our Ancestors. For thousands of years Aboriginal people across the country could navigate their Song-lines within the landscape by the night sky.
The painting depicts the Milky Way shining bright at night with the circles in the sky representing our Ancestors which help us by guiding the way and keeping us safe through our travels.
The lines beneath are a symbol of all the tracks we have followed continuously through generation to generation, whilst the oval shapes represent the many communities which we as Aboriginal people have travelled and continued to have links to.