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Title

Ilma

1994

Artists

Roy Wiggan

Australia

1930 - 2016

Language group

Bardi, Kimberley region

Jerome Wiggan

Australia

Language group

Bardi, Kimberley region

Roy Jr Wiggan

Australia

Language group

Bardi, Kimberley region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    West Kimberley Western Australia Australia
    Cultural origin
    Bardi, Kimberley region
    Date
    1994
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    chip board, wool, PVA glue, synthetic polymer paint, florence paint
    Dimensions
    132.0 x 185.0 cm
    Credit
    Commissioned for the opening of the Yiribana gallery 1994
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    509.2017
    Copyright
    © Estate of Roy Wiggan

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  • About

    Ilma describe both the object and the ceremony performed by Bardi people. Roy Wiggan received the stories embedded in his Ilma’s from his father, after his passing, through a series of dreams. Wiggan’s Ilma predominately revolve around life at sea experienced by his father, Henry Wiggan, a Bardi man of the Kimberly region who skippered the Sunday Island Mission lugger. His adventures and misadventures in the Indian Ocean inform the Ilma that are used as dance apparel in the ceremonies associated with the stories, as well as being works of art. The Bardi seafaring peoples’ homeland includes one of nature’s phenomenon, the Buccaneer Archipelago, a marine environment abundant in treacherous tides, rips, whirlpools and overfalls of which, a number of Wiggan’s works reference. The stories that were given to him aid in understanding the landscape and Bardi Ngarrangkarni (lore and culture passed down from the ancestors).

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