Warlayirti Artists, WA Cat No. 420/95
Chapman Gallery, ACT
Private Collection, Tas
Accompanied by original Warlayirti Artists documentation
Eubena is one of the true desert people as she was born in the desert and wandered with her family as they lived the hunter-gatherer lifestyle. She was born at Yalantijirri near Well 33 on the Canning Stock Route and settled in the Old Balgo Mission in 1948. In 1962 the mission moved to Wirrimanu (Balgo Hills) where there was a more permanent water supply.
While Balgo’s physical isolation has conferred the space to evolve a distinct and unique artistic style, Eubena’s own separation from her homeland has manifested as an art of absence, an act of homage, which has crystallised the poignancy of her country in her works.
She was told many stories and myths from the “Tjukurrpa” (Dreamtime) when young, and in this painting she has shown her country with its hills and creeks. Bush tucker is also depicted, as well as an important rock-hole.Share