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Kathleen Whiskey, Kakalyalya Tjukurrpa - White Cocky Dreaming, 100x100cm
  • Aboriginal Art - Kathleen Whiskey, Kakalyalya Tjukurrpa - White Cocky Dreaming, 100x100cm
  • Aboriginal Art - Kathleen Whiskey, Kakalyalya Tjukurrpa - White Cocky Dreaming, 100x100cm
  • Aboriginal Art - Kathleen Whiskey, Kakalyalya Tjukurrpa - White Cocky Dreaming, 100x100cm
  • Aboriginal Art - Kathleen Whiskey, Kakalyalya Tjukurrpa - White Cocky Dreaming, 100x100cm
Aboriginal Art - Kathleen Whiskey, Kakalyalya Tjukurrpa - White Cocky Dreaming, 100x100cm
Aboriginal Art - Kathleen Whiskey, Kakalyalya Tjukurrpa - White Cocky Dreaming, 100x100cm
Aboriginal Art - Kathleen Whiskey, Kakalyalya Tjukurrpa - White Cocky Dreaming, 100x100cm
Aboriginal Art - Kathleen Whiskey, Kakalyalya Tjukurrpa - White Cocky Dreaming, 100x100cm

Kathleen Whiskey, Kakalyalya Tjukurrpa - White Cocky Dreaming, 100x100cm

$1,389.00
  • Aboriginal Artist - Kathleen Whiskey
  • Community - Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff)
  • Aboriginal Art Centre - Ikuntji Artists
  • Catalogue number - 14-KW284
  • Materials - Acrylic on linen
  • Size(cm) - H100 W100 D2
  • Postage variants - Artwork posted un-stretched and rolled for safe shipping
  • Orientation - Painted from all sides and OK to hang as wished

In the artist's words: This is the story in my father’s country of Pirrupa Kaala. It is the story of the white cocky (circle middle on top) with mako (witchetty grubs in its mouth. The eagle (cirlce) brought malo (kangaroo) meat for the white cocky as she had a broken wing. But a crow (circle)) chased the white cocky all over the country because the white cocky had such a big mob of mako. The crow started to hit the white cocky with a nulla nulla and called her greedy. The eagle helped the cocky and chased the crow away. So it happened that the eagle came to stay with white cocky for a little while. But in the day he said: ”Oh, I am going home to find another place to stay”, and left the white cocky behind to stay there by herself for good. 

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A lot of stories are still being recounted of long journeys of people from various language groups, who travelled from rockholes and waterholes to caves and mountains finally arriving at Haasts Bluff. The locals, Luritja people of Haasts Bluff, were already here. Thus Haasts Bluff is a community rich of diversity in language and culture.

Ikuntji Artists was first established in 1992, after a series of workshops with Melbourne artist Marina Strocchi, and under the influence of the then community president, the late Esther Jugadai. The art centre was initially set up to fulfil the role of women’s centre providing services such as catering for old people and children in the community. After first experiences made in printing T-shirts, the artists began producing acrylic paintings on linen and handmade paper, which quickly gained the attention of the Australian and international art world as well as earning the centre an impressive reputation for fine art. The focus changed from a women’s centre to an art centre in 2005 with the incorporation of the art centre as Ikuntji Artists Aboriginal Corporation.

The artists draw their inspiration from their personal ngurra (country) and Tjukurrpa (Dreaming). They interpret the ancestral stories by using traditional symbols, icons and motifs. The artistic repertoire of Ikuntji Artists is diverse and includes for example: naive as well as highly abstract paintings told by each artist in their personal signature style. Throughout the 21 years of its existence the art movement in Ikuntji has flourished and constantly left its mark in the fine art world. At the same time the art centre has been the cultural hub of the community, maintaining, reinforcing and reinvigorating cultural practices through art-making.

Today Ikuntji Artists has eight key artists, who exhibit in Australia and internationally. They are represented in major collections across the globe.

Text: Melanie Greiner, Alison Multa and Dr Chrischona Schmidt




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