2011/0053 Piltati

Piltati

Artist

Eileen Yaritja STEVENS
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
c 1919
 in
Makiri, Tjala Minyma Tjukurpa (Honeyant Women's sacred place), South Australia
Death:
2008
 in
Ernabella, South Australia

Artwork

Title
Piltati
Date
2006
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Dimensions
135.0 x 201.0 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Gift of Dr Ben Korman under the Commonwealth Government's Cultural Gifts Program, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2011
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2011/0053
Currently not on display

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Piltati, 2006 is a fine example of Stevens’ masterful paintings. Piltati, 2006 is a depiction of the ancestral creation story Piltati Tjukurpa where two sisters, Wanyinta and Alartjatjarra, along with their husbands, travelled the lands looking for food. The two women would travel far to dig and hunt and always returned with food for their husbands, but on one particular occasion decided they would eat some of the food before heading back to their husbands. Their husbands became angry that their wives had not returned, and decided to trick their wives by turning into two water snakes and going into the water holes near the site. The men, in the form of water snakes became angry and killed and ate the two sisters. Piltati Tjukurpa is a story that is depicted by many well-known artists from Stevens’ homelands including Wingu Tingima and Tiger Palpatja.

Curatorial insightPiltati is a depiction of the ancestral creation story Piltati Tjukurpa where two sisters, Wanyinta and Alartjatjarra, along with their husbands, travelled the lands looking for food. The two women would travel far to dig and hunt and always returned with food for their husbands, but on one particular occasion decided they would eat some of the food before heading back to their husbands. Their husbands became angry that their wives had not returned and decided to trick their wives by turning into two water snakes and going into the water holes near the site. The men, in the form of water snakes became angry and killed and ate the two sisters. Piltati Tjukurpa is a story that is depicted by many well-known artists from Stevens’ homelands including Wingu Tingima and Tiger Palpatja. (AGWA 2011)

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