Ellen Roughsey

Sea and Rock, 2009

88 x 60 cm

Acrylic on Belgian linen


Big Jake describes the meaning: 'This dance it's about the sea and rock. Well way out, way up the east country got big rock there called Murndalbi. When the waves hit that Murndalbi all the time they can't knock him over. The sea dashes against the rock, trying to knock him over. But it can't. Well this dance today reminds us Aboriginal people here we have to be very very strong in life you know. We gotta be like this rock no matter what come over us, try to wash our mind away. But we have to be very strong. And we also teach young children today, no matter where they be, in life that's the way to be. Strong like this rock Murndalbi.'