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A colour painting on paper featuring a kangaroo with a white figure, a snake and a lizard. The kangaroo is centred, outlined in white and has an x-ray dot design of it's digestive system. To the left is a white stick figure male with a spear shaped object pointed at the kangaroo. To the right is a yellow snake and a brown lizard. The background consists of black, green, red and yellow vine like vegetation with orange and white dots patterns. On the reverse is taped a piece of paper with handwritten print "PAINT TITLE / HUNTER HUNTING KANGAROO / & GOANNA. / ARTIST: PETER LACEY / Nth TERRITORY.", a red sticker the reads "PROPERTY OF / ATSIC / CRO / 00139", an ATSIC bar code number "A0000140" and a silver sticker with the ATSIC asset number "S-1059". The painting is mounted to a brown backing board, is under glass, has a black matt and a brown wooden frame.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art collection comprises 2050 artworks and other objects. The artworks - which numerically dominate the collection - were produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia. The accumulation of these artworks into a single collection has resulted from the choices and selections made during a 38 year period by a variety of staff working for the Council for Aboriginal Affairs (CAA), the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA), the Aboriginal Development Commission (ADC) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) at the national, regional and local levels.
The collection spans the years following the 1967 referendum, when dramatic changes in the governance of Aboriginal people took place, up to 2005 when the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission was dissolved. It provides a snapshot of the diversity and changes in Indigenous art and its representation which occurred during the period of its formation. The small number of 'non-art' objects in the collection is also significant in providing insights into the working of the various Commonwealth bodies involved in Indigenous affairs. As well as the significance of many of the individual pieces, the collection is also significant as a whole, as a complex artefact stemming from Australia's history of governance of Australian Indigenous peoples.
W 829mm x H 1047mm x D 24mm
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