2012/0056 Kirriwirri & Kulyakartu

Kirriwirri & Kulyakartu

Artist

Daniel WALBIDI
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
1983
 in
Broome, Western Australia

Artwork

Title
Kirriwirri & Kulyakartu
Date
2011
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Dimensions
121.5 x 120.5 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased through the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation: TomorrowFund, 2012
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2012/0056
Currently not on display

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Curatorial insightWalbidi’s artwork is predominantly concerned with depicting his father’s country in the Great Sandy Desert. In the early seventies, Walbidi’s family walked out from the water-starved desert to the coastal homelands of the Karajarri people, where they lived at La Grange Mission. Five tribal groups from surrounding country came together from this forced exodus and from this a new community developed; the collaborative relationships inspiring the particular Bidyadanga style seen today. Walbidi’s work is a sumptuous explosion of both saltwater and desert colours, lines of miniature dots revealing the long grids of distance and time travelled by the Bidyadanga people, both literally and metaphorically. (AGWA 2012)

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