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'Kinyu' by Eubena Nampitjin and Jane Gimme, 2007


'Kinyu' by Eubena Nampitjin and Jane Gimme, 2007

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"That waterhole I paint is my own Country." [Eubena Nampitjin]

This painting is a collaboration between mother (Eubena Nampitjin) and daughter (Jane Gimme). In 2007 Jane travelled to the Country where her mother and older sisters had grown up. Eubena and Jane painted this canvas together at Kilykily (well 36). It depicts the rock holes and soaks connected to Kinyu.

[for more information on Kinyu, see painting IR 5004.0075]

Physical description

A yellow toned textured painting on brown linen with a vertical line of six small red-pink circles down the centre. Most of the painting has vertical uneven stripes in yellow with pink, dark pink and white thin lines between. The right side has a shorter line of six red circles at the top and a rectangular shape at the bottom corner with pink and orange uneven vertical stripes and a red circle above it. In the middle section next to the line of red circles is a long round ended concentric line with rows of red, yellow, white and pink inside. On the left side there is a vertical line of four joined outlined shapes with uneven stripes in them in yellow with pink, white and orange thinner lines. At the bottom edge is an apricot coloured section. At the right edge of the canvas is the text 'EN & JG/47/WA'.

Statement of significance

The Canning Stock Route collection is comprised of 125 works and includes paintings, drawings, baskets, boomerangs, coolamons, headdresses, carved figures and shields.

The Canning Stock Route is a no-longer-used cattle droving route that traverses the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts of central Western Australia. Comprised of 48 wells along an 1800 kilometres stretch of track, the route links Wiluna in the south with Sturt Creek in the north and traverses the traditional lands of nine Aboriginal language groups. The route was founded in 1905 when Alfred Canning was commissioned to investigate a route suitable for the droving of 500 head of cattle, with water sources spaced at intervals of no more than one day's walk apart. Although Canning's map records observations of the land and water resources, it makes no mention of Indigenous places and their associated meanings which the route traversed. This collection, composed of 'painting stories', sculptural works and oral histories, re-dresses Canning's omission and records the impact of the stock route on Indigenous lives and country. A six week journey with traditional owners held in July and August of 2007 inspired the artworks, many of which were produced during the journey, and provided an opportunity for more than 70 senior and emerging artists to reconnect with traditional lands..

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