Mixing it up: Prince’s Australia
Many of our old people painted their lives, their own land, even animals. Well, I’m trying to do the same thing, to piece together every animal – North, South, East, West – trying to mix them up like a jigsaw – they love each other they hate each other. Landscape, dreamtime stories, kid’s paintings, poetry, animals; put them all together, it’s all the same with my paintings. It’s called mixed up – I really don’t know how to translate it in words, but I can in my art … I’m doing it my way to make you understand the meaning of what I have painted. And I’ll be the first artist who has ever done this before. I have been gathering information from watching the news on TV.
John Prince Siddon
Walmajarri people, Western Australia
Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency