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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


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).


Details


Place where the work was made

West Kimberley Western Australia Australia


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


Artist information

Roy Wiggan

Works in the collection

11

Artist information

Jerome Wiggan

Works in the collection

5

Artist information

Roy Jr Wiggan

Works in the collection

5


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history