2011/0041 Home-maker #4

Home-maker #4

Artist

Sandra HILL
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
02 Dec 1951
 in
South Perth, Perth, Western Australia

Artwork

Title
Home-maker #4
Date
2010
Medium/Material
oil on canvas
Dimensions
91.4 x 76.2 cm (irregular) (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased through the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation: TomorrowFund, 2011
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2011/0041
Currently on display (GALLERY 3 WESPAC in GALLERY BUILDING)

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This painting explores what it was like for Aboriginal people to live through the 1950s in (Western) Australia. Using first-hand experience, the artist recounts feelings of displacement, and emotional distance, for those who lived under the assimilation policy. The policy was meant to guide Aboriginal people's entry and inclusion into mainstream Australian society, though only as domestics and labourers.Another important feature of the painting is its depiction of Noongar culture and cultural material. The yorga (Noongar woman) can be seen wearing a booka – an animal-skin cloak traditionally worn and made by Noongar people.

Curatorial insightThis painting explores what it was like for Aboriginal people to live through the 1950s in (Western) Australia. Using first-hand experience, the artist recounts feelings of displacement, and emotional distance, for those who lived under the assimilation policy. The policy was meant to guide Aboriginal people's entry and inclusion into mainstream Australian society, though only as domestics and labourers. Another important feature of the painting is its depiction of Noongar culture and cultural material. The yorga (Noongar woman) can be seen wearing a booka – an animal-skin cloak traditionally worn and made by Noongar people. (AGWA, 2015)

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