In Australian Aboriginal art, water is a common theme depicted. In the desert, fresh water is supplied primarily by a vast matrix of underground deposits, and knowledge of these sources is essential to survival. In Waturr Gamana's 'Dhalwangu Law', diamond patterns signify fresh water, while the ovoids denote muddy, brackish water.
This painting belongs to the special exhibition, 'Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection', organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Seattle Art Museum.
Waturr Gamana, Dhalwangu Law, 2005, Natural pigment on eucalyptus bark