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Ilkurlka

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc2005,03.1

  • Title (object)

    • Ilkurlka
  • Description

    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.

  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • January 2005
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 121.5 centimetres
    • Width: 145 centimetres
    • Depth: 2.2 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        back
      • Inscription Content

        Simon Hogan
      • Inscription Type

        annotation
      • Inscription Position

        back
      • Inscription Content

        www.spinifex.org
  • Curator's comments

    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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  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2009 1 May-20 Sep, Victoria, Royal BC Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2009 11 Dec-2010 10 May, Madrid, Canal de Isabel II, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2013 22 Jan-24 Apr, London, BM, Evening Standard - World city in 20 objects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2005

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc2005,03.1

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.  Painting depicts the land of the Spinifex People (Pila Nguru) of Western Australia.

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. Painting depicts the land of the Spinifex People (Pila Nguru) of Western Australia.

Reproduced by permission of the artist. Reproduced by permission of the artist

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