First Moon

Artist
Keith Looby
Size
Date
1976
Medium
Etching
Material
Paper
Description
Referring to the spirit of an Aboriginal Creation myth, ‘First Moon’ is an imaginative expression of the potency of elemental forces coming together, such as moon, land and spirit. Its femininity is highlighted by the presence of a gigantic, voluptuous form, of a hovering Aboriginal woman. A fertility figure, the egg between her legs offers the promise of new life. The halloed spirit is encircled by the soft form of the moon, and she casts her wide-eyed gaze from the heavens to earth ‘where power resides’. Here lies the figure of an outstretched Aboriginal male embedded within the stone. The stick-like forms of a pair of Aboriginal warriors, look on, recalling in the rigidity of their figures, those deployed in John Brack’s depersonalised Melbourne crowds. Their hairy heads and moon shaped faces, are a reference to the primitive renderings of the Banksia Men, by May Gibbs for her Australian Gumnut stories.
Price
$ 1800.00
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