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Title

Wagilak sisters story - Wititj (olive python)

1961


Artist

Dawidi Birritjama

Australia

1921 - 1970

Language group

Liyagalawumirr, Arnhem region


About

In 'Wägilak sisters story – Wititj (olive python)' 1961 Dawidi capitalises on the potential of the body of Wititj to create a graphic image based on line, colour and form. The dramatic use of black renders the snake subterranean, lurking within the waters of Mirarrmina and protectively guarding its young. Its coiled form is vibrantly painted with straight lines of miny’tji (clan designs), creating a mesmerising optical effect and reflecting the power imbued within this being.


Details


Other Titles

Carpet snake Olive Python

Wititj, Olive Python

Carpet Snake (Wagilag Sisters Story)


Date

1961


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

81.3 x 40.7 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1961


Location

Not on display


Accession number

IA16.1961


Artist information

Dawidi Birritjama

Artist profile

Works in the collection

7


Place

Where the work was made
Milingimbi

Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Cara Pinchbeck, Art from Milingimbi, ‘Dawidi’, pg. 64-71, Sydney, 2016, 71 (colour illus.), 140.

Edmund Capon AM, OBE, Steven Miller, Tony Tuckson, James Scougall, Mollie Gowing, Harry Messel, Craig Brush, Ronald Fine, Alison Fine, Gordon Davies, Rosalind Davies, Christopher Hodges, Helen Eager, Rosemary Gow, Sandra Phillips, Daphne Wallace and Ken Watson, Gamarada, Sydney, 1996, 42 (colour illus.).