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'Lake Disappointment' by Yanjimi Peter Rowlands, 2008


'Lake Disappointment' by Yanjimi Peter Rowlands, 2008

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The artist did not offer a specific story for this painting, other than the painting is associated with Lake Disappointment/Kumpupirntily Country. For more on this particular country, or story, see other paintings by the artist in this same collection.

Physical description

A multicoloured dot painting on canvas with nine concentric brown, black and white circles connected by lines, edged and decorated with dotted lines in green, yellow, white, orange, pink, red, black and turquoise. The circles also have yellow, red, blue and black rings around them which merge together as the rings get larger. One of the circles has radiating lines of dots inside the rings. The background of the painting is pink with an overlay of dots in red, yellow, green, blue, orange, white and maroon. Text at the bottom edge reads 'Peter Rowlands 2007 08-346 107 x 152, and text at the top edge reads '152 x 107', while at the left edge is the text 'oil on canvas'. On the back is a stamp with the text 'Cat # 211 / form. / The / Canning / Stock / Route / Project'.

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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