2014/0073 Jirtaka [sawfish]

Jirtaka [sawfish]

Artist

Jean Baptiste (Pulukatu) APUATIMI
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
24 Jun 1940
 in
Pirlangimpi (Garden Point), Melville Island, Northern Territory
Death:
18 Feb 2013
 in
Bathurst Island, Northern Territory

Artwork

Title
Jirtaka [sawfish]
Date
2008
Medium/Material
Screenprint on Hahnemuhle paper
Dimensions
50.0 x 40.0 cm (image)55.0 x 70.0 cm (paper) (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased through The Leah Jane Cohen Bequest, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2014
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2014/0073
Currently not on display

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Artist statement, c.2014Jirtaka is lovely tucker. My husband used to get that fish and bring him home. After we eat that fish we get that bone and paint him up. First black, then Jilamara (body paint design). Special design only for that one. The first painting my husband did was on that bone. I like to paint this because my husband taught me. It's pukumani that one. When he die they paint up that bone for ceremony. That bone he pukumani. He body of person now in that ceremony. They put that bone in tunga during pukumani. When I paint that I think of him. I think of him when I paint. (Tiwi Designs)

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