1990/0007 Jila Japingka II

Jila Japingka II

Artist

Peter Pijaju SKIPPER
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
c 1929
 in
Japingka, south of Fitzroy Crossing, Great Sandy Desert, Western Australia
Death:
07 Aug 2007
 in
Australia

Artwork

Title
Jila Japingka II
Date
1989
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Dimensions
213.5 x 136.7cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 1990
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1990/0007
Currently not on display

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This painting encodes a complex story of the origins of a series of water holes and underground streams- jila- focused at a place called Japingka. During the creation period, a large group of travelling ancestors of the pajarri subsection group visited the area. After being at Japingka for some time, they lay down, water welled up around them to form the jila and the men then turned into a large ancestral snake, who still resides at the site today. The joined bars form styalised sandhills. The central motif is Jila Japingka, with its four extensions representing other water holes and rain coming from different directions.Sutton, Dreamings, p.227, in relation to a similar painting of the same story.

Curatorial insightThis painting encodes a complex story of the origins of a series of water holes and underground streams - jila - focused at a place called Japingka. During the creation period, a large group of travelling ancestors of the pajarri subsection group visited the area. After being at Japingka for some time, they lay down, water welled up around them to form the jila, and the men then turned into a large ancestral snake, who is still resident at the site. The joined bar forms are stylised sandhills. The central motif is Jila Japingka, with its four extensions representing other water holes and rain coming from different directions. (Sutton, Dreamings, 1988, in relation to a similar painting of the same story).

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