1987/0187 Mirnmirt

Mirnmirt

Artist

Jimmy PIKE
Indigenous
Birth:
c 1940
 in
Japingka, south of Fitzroy Crossing, Great Sandy Desert, Western Australia
Death:
03 Nov 2002
 in
Derby, Western Australia

Artwork

Title
Mirnmirt
Date
1985
Medium/Material
screen-print - one colour: black
Dimensions
49.0cm x 65.4cm (sheet)32.9cm x 42.7cm (image) (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 1987
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1987/0187
Currently not on display

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Artist statementWhen single woman like a man, she draw this story in the mud with a stick. When woman talk about a man, talks about love, she draws this story. When someone tells, or a man sees a story, then he goes to the woman. Then they talk marriage. Mirnmirt is marriage law. When man has finished the law, done everything, he can marry. He has got to learn everything. There are two laws. One for the young boy takes several months. One for the full man takes five or six years. When man come back from bush after manhood, woman sitting. They have a big feast and make man and woman red with clay. (O'Ferrall, Jimmy Pike - Desert Designs, 1995)

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