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Perth 6159, W.A.

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Derbarl Yerrigan - The Swan River

paintings by

Alan Muller



Derbarl Yerrigan Warlitje, (Swan River Wedge Tailed Eagle ) ,  acrylic on canvas, diptych, 50 x 25 cm


Alan Muller's latest body of work is a re-imagining of what is the physical, historic and spiritual heart of Perth--------Derbarl Yerrigan (Swan River)------as it was before English settlement. This is the river and land of the Whadjuk Noongar people viewed from aerial perspectives that draw on both history and modern science.


Derbarl Yerrigan has sustained the Whadjuk Noongar people as a spiritual place and physical resource for millennia. The Whadjuk shaped and changed the landscape of the River corridor in rhythm with the seasons over thousands of years. Long held practices of land care including regular controlled burning ensured a steady and often abundant supply of food. This created a managed park like landscape that also appealed to European explorers in search of farming potential and colonial promise. 

The works reference a range of maps, artworks and texts from early explorers and settlers, as well as contemporary texts, Google Earth and the latest images of the Milky Way from the Hubble Telescope.

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