The Art of Eddie Burrup
1940s 2000, a continuum
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The extensive body of work, visual and written, created between the years 1994 and 2000 that comprises The Art of Eddie Burrup is the final phase in the evolution of Elizabeth Duracks oeuvre. In spirit and purpose it aligns with all that came before; it can be traced back some 60 years. It was nascent in the 1930s and probably first emerged in recorded visual form via The Whirlwind drawings and paintings of 194041. Towards the end of her life through her daemon, Eddie Burrup Elizabeth Durack distilled a lifetime of living and learning, of giving and taking, of exploring, reflecting upon and of recreating lost worlds of an ancient culture. Her art is homage to this culture. It also honours and fulfills an exceptional talent.
- Lament for the Princess (Diana)
- mixed media on linen
- 201 x 90 cm
- exhibited: Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, July 2000
- private collection
- Eddie's title
The artist has invoked a legendary figure from the Ngarangani Looma, the Lizard Woman, who drowned in a great flood in the Fitzroy River after heroic effort to save her children.
The place of her re-entry to the subterranean region is marked by a large boulder at the present day Looma community on Liveringa Station in the West Kimberley.
Once part of the extensive Djanba song cycle, there were several versions of the story. One ended with the words: spread in death over the whole world ... all the voices died even the fingernails.