Pakup Yallandar (Fire Stick Plant)
Medium: Acrylic on Linen
Dimensions: 1200mm x 1800mm
This is a design that I am really proud of.
A close friend of mine said “It’s simple and busy at the same time, but there is something about it that makes you want to always look back after you have looked away,” and I agree with that.
The lines tell a landscape, and you can see the horizon pretty quickly.
It’s called Fire Stick because that’s what it is…a Fire Stick or Pakup Yallandar.
These were used either together or with another piece of hardwood timber to start a fire. You would rub the sticks like a saw or drill, and after some friction and blowing on the char, it would glow, and you would have a fire.
The Fire Stick is significant to aboriginal people because it sparked light, warmth, and food, which means… life. There are a lot easier ways now though.