Weaver Jack - Lungarung - 152 x 122 cm - 781405 (sold)

Weaver Jack - Lungarung - 152 x 122 cm - 781405 - peinture d'art Aborigène d'Australie
Weaver Jack - Lungarung - 152 x 122 cm - 781405 - peinture d'art Aborigène d'Australie

Weaver Jack - Lungarung - 152 x 122 cm - 781405 (sold)

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Artiste : Weaver Jack

Titre de l'œuvre : Lungarung

Format : 152 x 122 cm

Provenance et certificat : Short Street opérant pour les artistes Yulparija de Bidyadanga

Référence de cette peinture aborigène : 781405

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Explications sur cette peinture d’art Aborigène :

Weaver Jack (1928-2010) was born at Lungarung, a jila (waterhole) in the Great Sandy Desert. This place is near Winpa country on the Canning Stock Route. Weaver grew up in this country and travelled around with her two mummies and daddy before being married off to her promised husband. After mining started in the Pilbara, much of the valuable underground creek system was disturbed, creating a devastating drought in the Yulparija country. Many people died and others moved away.

"This is me, this is mine. The whole lot is me (she points to the x mark in the painting). I bin walking all around, I know him proper way, he is always here. (Clasps her heart). We are same one, my country is me. He long way that way, but he still here." - Weaver Jack In many of the works, Weaver places a cross. At first, it was presumed to be a signature, but it is actually a self-representation. It acts as a trigger to help understand that she and her land, Lungarung, are one. For her it is a self-portrait in country. She is one mark of many, but she is unique, like the country. 

Weaver Jack primarily paints her traditional country south of Well 33 on the Canning Stock Route. When she first started to paint, the outlines of the country were laid bare on the canvas. Like a skeleton of the country, slowly she reclaimed this country dotting over it, loosely at first. She said these where her people walking all around that country, collecting mayi (bush food) and hunting for kuwi (meat). Slowly, the country merged with the people. It was then she started putting herself in the paintings, and through her painting, Weaver managed to reclaim her country. Each turn of her brush captures the intimacy in which she knows her subject. It is an intimacy that is almost impossible to comprehend. It is an extension of herself. She takes discordant colours which represent all the things she eats, and the seemingly disordered is transformed and placed very deliberately in its right place, revealing its perfection. For Weaver, she and her land are inseparable: they are the same.

We realize this does not fit in with conventional western views of portraiture, but portraiture is about extending our perceptions of who we are. To understand Weaver, one must know her land, because they exist together and define each other.

Painted in 2004.

Collections : University of Newcastle. Laverty Collection. Kerry Stokes, Perth. University of Notre Dame. Sam Barry Collection. National Gallery of Australia. National Gallery of Victoria. Felton Collection. Myer Collection. Artbank. Harvey Wagner Collection, USA. Lepley Collection, Perth. Australia Parliament House Collection, Canberra. Brocard - Estrangin Collection. Commonwealth Bank of Australia, London Headquarters. The Hood Museum, Dartmouth, USA. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia

© Photo : Aboriginal Signature Estrangin gallery with the courtesy of Short Street and the artist

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