synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
134 x 143 cm
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Spinifex Arts Project, WA Cat No. (obscured)
Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK
Private Collection, TasExhibited
Ilkurlka: The Art of the Spinifex People, 17 September – 22 October 2005, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UKStory
When the Spinifex people returned to their homelands in the 1980s after their displacement during the Maralinga atomic tests, they found the southern part of their country had been converted into a nature reserve, the northern third leased to Aboriginal people from the north and the centre deemed vacant crown land. In order to document their land claim over country three times the size of Israel and twice the size of Tasmania, a suite of paintings were produced and used as evidence in the high court's deliberations. Their native title was recognised by the High Court of Australia in 1992, and the paintings were subsequently given to the Western Australian Museum in a symbolic exchange of art for land.
Since successfully reclaiming their heritage, Spinifex people have moved back on to their land and on successive field trips to specific locations have continued to record their sacred places in paintings quite different aesthetically than any others amongst Australian desert artists. Their paintings are created on 'back to country' journeys involving groups of people with their children, hardy vehicles and enough provisions to survive the often rugged distances travelled.
This work created by Estelle Hogan and Judith Donaldson depicts important sites that lie in their country through which runs the Seven Sisters Dreaming songline.