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Title

Ilma

2013


Artist

Roy Wiggan

Australia

1930 - 2016

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

2013


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

acrylic on plywood, cotton wool


Dimensions

136.0 x 53.0 cm (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2018


Location

Not on display


Accession number

7.2018


Artist information

Roy Wiggan

Works in the collection

11


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history