Menu toggle

National Museum of Australia

Where our stories come alive

Collection Explorer

4

Circus Waters Massacre by Dorcas Tinnimay Bennett, Judith Chambers and Delilah Shepherd, 2012

2012.0009.0001

Circus Waters Massacre by Dorcas Tinnimay Bennett, Judith Chambers and Delilah Shepherd, 2012

Object information

Physical description

An acrylic painting on canvas showing a central waterhole beyond which are five figures holding spears with one lying on the ground with a wound in his chest. Below to the right there are two more figures aiming guns at this group and behind them a figure lying on the ground with a spear protruding from his body.

Statement of significance

The Warakurna History Paintings Collection no. 2 consists of nine acrylic paintings on canvas covering a range of historic and contemporary themes. The works were all produced by artists associated with Warakurna Artists, a locally owned and managed art centre in the Warakurna community.

These nine paintings combine traditional forms of Western Desert art with figurative elements allowing a wide range of historical and contemporary stories to be told. The works provide a visual perspective on twentieth century contact and conflict, the movement into missions, the return to homelands and the governance of the community. The works build on the dynamic acrylic painting movement, which began at Papunya in the 1970s.

Object information

Back to top