Artists: Kathleen Donegan and Elaine Thomas
Spinifex Arts Project, WA Cat No. C681
Private Collection, ACT
accompanied by a Spinifex Arts Project certificate of authenticity
The Spinifex Arts Project was initiated in 1997 by the traditional owners of a vast area in the Great Victoria Desert, in order to document their ownership of country. This led to a successful land claim in a hallmark High Court decision, during which their paintings were used as evidence for the first time in Australian legal history. This stunning victory returned over 55,000 square miles of country, an area larger than the state of Tasmania to the Spinifex people. They subsequently moved out of the former mission stations where they had been resettled and re-established communities on their own land once more.
In this work Elaine Thomas and Kathleen Donnigan, both senior and highly knowledgeable women from Spinifex country, have collaborated to tell part of the Seven Sisters Dreaming that passes through Elaine's country. Kathleen, whose country Mamatu is further to the east has added details of Kapi Piti Kutjara Tjukurpa which passes through her own country. Both women are responsible for their own extremely remote birthplace and each of these is connected through the Seven Sisters songline.Share