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Title

Ilpilyi

2018

Artist

Patju Presley

Australia

1945 –

Language group: Pitjantjatjara, Southen Desert region

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Kalgoorlie Western Australia Australia
    Cultural origin
    Pitjantjatjara, Southen Desert region
    Date
    2018
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    synethetic polymer paint on canvas
    Dimensions
    200.0 x 230.0 cm
    Credit
    Mollie Gowing Acquisition fund for Contemporary Aboriginal art 2019
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    13.2019
    Copyright
    © Patju Presley/Copyright Agency
    Artist information
    Patju Presley

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    Art centre documentation for this work states;
    Patju Presley has depicted the significant site of Ilpilyi situated to the east of traditional Spinifex Lands. This site holds the Kalaya Tjuta Tjukurpa or Many Emu Creation Line and forms part of a much larger epic that follows a large group of emu men as they traverse the country from west to east on their sacred journey to adulthood. At Ilpilyi they find shelter in a cave upon a rocky outcrop. These are creation beings who possessed metamorphic powers of transformation being both man and animal at will. They were able to shape the landscape as they moved through it and leave indelible monolithic physical reminders of their presence. The moral paths these beings took are still followed today in an oral creationist history of massive proportion involving song and dance, law and punishment.

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