Lady Dreaming by Verity Bangarra

Lady Dreaming

‘Lady Dreaming is near the three palm trees, Ngarndúma on the Arnhem highway. One of the mermaids is called Jilapara and the other is Lilima – they are two sisters. My husbands grandmother knows this story. She’s like djomi but different. This one is big and fat, djomi is small. they all make babies. This one – the long one came all the way from Ramingining. They were travelling and they are there forever. It’s an old fashioned story, we can talk about it.’ 

Verity Bangarra 2023

The first photograph his a little brighter than real life. Gold and deep green ink on white cotton.