In 2013 we collaborated with Indigenous artist Peter Farmer to produce a window for the new Mortuary Complex at St. Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, WA. This window was an extensive undertaking and took over four months to complete.
This window tells a fantastic story as follows:
The YONGA (Kangaroo) in this middle of the piece is a strong totem that represents adaptability, and opportunity. This gives the viewer a sense that they can adjust and have an opportunity to face challenges head on.
He is clothed in the Kangaroo Paw, which attracts the bird spirits that will carry them to the places their spirits need to go.
The Banksia is an important plant species that sits in the middle of the piece, showcasing this countries beauty and practicality, representing its many uses, specifically for ceremonies.
Above the Banksia is BIDJOOL (Gecko) a traveller in Noongar country; this totem is elusive but resilient. His strength is in his ability to adapt in all climates of change; when you hear the cry, Noongars believe that someone is about to take a long journey.
We have him surrounded by Quandong’s a delicacy that we enjoy in all ceremonies and are the best ingredient at Wakes; that make cheesecakes, jams and scones.
At the bottom we have two significant plant species used for ceremony also, with the KOOMOOL (Possum) hiding there. This little marsupial is a Diprotodont like the Yonga that is endemic to Australasia; but is Arboreal and Nocturnal as well.
We wanted to include this strong totem for many reasons not simply ceremonial or practical as it was traditionally used, but for its great spiritual strength that speaks about its versatility and myriad of qualities, all of which are needed to enter this particular space; humility being one of its most admiral.
There are 14 yellow circles that represent the clans/moieties is Noongar Boodja (Country). There are also 5 of the six water catchment councils in Noongar country, and this is included within the Kep (Water) Lines that run from the top to the bottom, representing regeneration and the ongoing cycles of life.
We are very proud of this window and love that it tells a story through the fabulous medium of art glass.
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