1989/0013 The legendary women

The legendary women

Artist

Charlie Egalie TJAPALTJARRI
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
c 1938
 in
Vaughan Springs (Pikilyi), Northern Territory
Death:
2002
 in
Australia

Artwork

Title
The legendary women
Date
1974
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer paint on chipboard
Dimensions
122 x 94cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Gift of The Rothmans Foundation, 1989
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1989/0013
Currently not on display

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Curatorial insightThis painting represents a Dreaming camp of the legendary women of Katara in the Mount Wedge Range of Central Australia. In the Dreaming, women and men often took separate journeys, and places where the women camped are today important ceremonial sites where only the women can participate in secret ceremony. Female symbols dominate the painting. Bark from parrot flowers is used to make nyalyipi rope, represented by the wavy lines that extend from one end of the painting to the other. The circles are rockholes and the women’s digging sticks are small lines between U-shapes, which represent the women sitting in their camps. The parallel footprints are the dancing of the women. (Croft, Indigenous Art: Art Gallery of Western Australia, 2001)

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