Painting, acrylic on canvas; landscape representing mulga trees (wanarii); a big (white) tree over a camp by a waterhole; a large U shape representing a big rockhole with water in it, known as Ilkurlka. Painting depicts the land of the Spinifex People (Pila Nguru) of Western Australia.
- January 2005
- Made in: Western Australia
- (Oceania,Australia,Western Australia)
- Height: 121.5 centimetres
- Width: 145 centimetres
- Depth: 2.2 centimetres
Inscription ContentSimon Hogan
Information given by Simon Hogan to Lissant Bolton at time of purchase, translated by Peter Twigg, co-ordinator of the Spinifex Arts Project, Tjuntjuntjara, Western Australia. The information is as follows:
The large U shape is a big rockhole with water in it. A man got up from the rockhole where he was camped and went to Waluwalutjara (a place), where there is a watersnake that this man is trying to capture. He ate the snake which is a very powerful snake.
The painting collapses time. The man is trying to eat the snake and at the same time he has eaten it. He is a man and he is a snake and the man ate the snake.
The ellipse depicts the man lying down feeling sick having eaten the snake, and then he got up and went on his way to Waluwalutjara.
Eating the snake gave the man a lot of power which made him a ngankarii.
Mr Hogan was born in the area in this painting. He said “This is our Aboriginal land”.
The painting contains pictures of a number of trees – a recent innovation in Mr Hogan’s painting (described by Peter Twigg as ‘Mr Hogan’s tree campaign’). They are all mulga trees (wanarii). Mr Hogan said “Those trees belong to that place.” The big white tree is over the camp by the waterhole.
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- Topographic representation of: Ilkurlka, Ilkurlka is a major desert rockhole located in the Western Desert, close to the border between Western Australia and South Australia. It is also the name of the community living there. It is a major site within the Kalaya (Emu) story of of the Spinifex People.
- (Oceania,Australia,Western Australia,Ilkurlka)
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Object reference number: EOC76871
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