1992/0058 Woman carrying her two boys

Woman carrying her two boys

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
Woman carrying her two boys
Date
1991
Medium/Material
colour screen-print on paper
Dimensions
100 x 70.5cm (sheet)75.8 x 55.5cm (image) (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 1992
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1992/0058
Currently not on display

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Artist statementA woman was bringing her two sons from the south. One day she left them at a waterhole. She went hunting. A big mob of women were chasing the two men, and made them very sick. The mother of the two men came back and found them lying there, worn out. She picked them up and carried them in a coolamon, carried them all the way to Junjuwarnti, on top of her head. She was watching her two sons. All the women came and asked for the two men. At that waterhole Junjuwarnti you can see all the trees where all the women came out of the scrub. The mother told them to go back, and took off with her two sons. There are double waterholes all along that way. The two boys died later, at Pukapuka and Kujinuru, two waterholes close together. That’s in my country. (O'Ferrall, Jimmy Pike - Desert Designs, 1995)

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