1988/0077 Wallaby dreaming

Wallaby dreaming

Artist

Joe JAPANANGKA
Indigenous

Artwork

Title
Wallaby dreaming
Date
1987
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Dimensions
121.4 x 91cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 1988
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1988/0077
Currently not on display

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This painting represents the Hare Wallaby Dreaming, which belongs to Japangardi and Japanangka. Starting at Kuyukurlangu, an old man hare wallaby, watulee, travelled to Yatunjamalu. He went west through Kunajardunyungu and stopped at Malititi Warnu, where there was a coolibah tree. He took off again until he reached Putalya, and there he hit the ground with his tail. This is where a man of Jangala skin group, Wirliyajarlu, came from the hare wallaby dreaming. It was here that Purlu, which is a type of tick, bit the hare wallaby and stopped him going any further. So then the wallaby went back under the ground to Kuyukurlangu, after which he set off in another direction to Kunajarrayi (Mount Nicker). At Kunajarrayi he turned into a Japaljarri/Jungarayi Dreaming.

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