Sally Gabori Kaiadilt people Australia b.(c.)1924 | Dibirdibi Country (detal) 2008 | Synthetic polymer paint on linen | 200 x 600cm | Purchased 2008 with funds from Margaret Mittelheuser, AM, and Cathryn Mittelheuser, AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation
Dibirdibi Country 2008
Here Sally Gabori represents a tract of her country, Kabararrji, on Bentinck Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria. She calls this painting Dibirdibi Country in memory of her late husband Pat, whose traditional name was Dibirdibi. As the artist says: ‘This is my husband's country on Bentinck Island. Its real name is Kabararrji but I call it after his language name’. This name also relates to the Rock Cod ancestor and Dreaming and Gabori’s husband held the name as custodian of the stories and owner of the associated lands. The maintenance of this area has now fallen to Gabori through marriage, and the painting tells the stories of these places. Even more importantly for Gabori, it brings her closer to her late husband, through recalling the country that they held so dear.