- Media category
- Materials used
- ink on saunders waterford paper 300gsm
- 186.0 x 152.0 cm sheet; 192.0 x 158.0 cm framed
- Signature & date
Signed l.c., black ink "ILUWANTi ken". Not dated.
- Purchased with funds provided by the Australian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours Collection Benefactors 2021
- Not on display
- Accession number
- © Iluwanti Ken
- Artist information
Works in the collection
‘I paint the stories of my father’s country – Walawuru Tjukurpa – the story of the eagles.
This is my tjukurpa and all of my children’s tjukurpa too.’
Iluwanti Ken (born 1944) is a Pitjantjatjara artist, originally from Watarru and now living in Amata, in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands in South Australia who works across drawing, weaving and painting. She is known for her large scale ink drawings which feature mother eagles hunting.
Her drawings are created using punu (wooden) sticks and express her tjukurpa. She says that birds like the walawuru (eagles) and patupiri (swallows) have lessons for Anangu women about how to care for one’s children. These birds build strong wiltjas (shelters) for their family, they hunt for food and protect their young from danger.
‘I paint the Walawulu, the Eagle. I have actually painted the eagle for years and I also make sculptures of the eagle with Tjanpi Desert Weavers. Eagles have lots of lessons to share with Anangu women, particularly in regard to motherhood…Protecting, feeding and caring for children, Anangu women have always looked to the eagles for these lessons.’ – Iluwanti Ken 2020
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Tarnanthi Open Hands, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 16 Oct 2020–31 Jan 2021
Iluwanti Ken, Walawuru ngunytju kukaku ananyi (Mother eagles going hunting), Jan Murphy Gallery, Fortitude Valley, 15 Jun 2021–10 Jul 2021
Referenced in 1 publication
Nici Cumpston, Tarnanthi Open Hands, Adelaide, 2021, p. 98 (colour illus.).