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Burn Off III

Ryhia Dank

Lajarri Gallery


Acrylic on canvas

160 x 101cm


This painting is a story told in symbols. The story is about the burning off, which happens every dry season in the vast and open landscape of the Borroloola region of Australia’s Northern Territory, where Ryhia Dank grew up. The symbols in this painting represent the people, the hills, the camp, the flowing river and the embers of the small fires that light up with the wind during the burn off. The country needs these natural fires to regenerate. 

Ryhia Dank describes herself as a contemporary Aboriginal woman who grew up in a remote community in the Borroloola region of Australia’s Northern Territory. She now lives and works in Melbourne. She is a Gudanji and Wakaja woman with English, Irish, Spanish and Austrian heritage and this is the first time that her art has been exhibited outside of Australia.

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