Artist(s): Kurltjunyintja Jackie Giles
Date created: 2008
Art Centre(s): Kayili Artists
Medium: acrylic on linen
Artwork Story: Purrungu, a rock hole, is home to a giant jila (snake). The lines on this painting represent the path of the snake travelling underground. People have to close their eyes and not look into the water when they drink here. If they hear a rumble or if the ground begins to vibrate, it means that the snake is approaching, and everyone has to leave very quickly.
Mr Giles was the first one to start [painting]. We spread the blanket and we started painting and many watched. I watched and I learnt from him and started doing it myself. But he had no brushes. He only used his hands at the beginning. They used to watch our hands and how we painted and think, ‘How are they doing it with no brush, only hands!’
Ngumarnu Norma Giles, Warburton, 2008
Location depicted: Purrungu
Artwork copyright: ©2013 Kurltjunyintja Jackie Giles
Catalogue ID: JG/185/KA
Protocols: Public Access - Restrictions on use
Photographer: Jason McCarthy
Photograph date: 2010-02-18
Photography copyright: National Museum of Australia
born about 1944, died 2010
Manyjilyjarra language group
Tjapaltjarri skin group
Mr Giles grew up in the country between Patjarr and Kiwirrkurra. He travelled throughout his life as a respected law man, maparn (healer) and pioneering artist and maintained expansive family networks across the desert.
My umbilical cord fell off at Marapinti near Kiwirrkurra. No roads, no cars, nothing. My other father, Walurti … used to carry me on his back and on his shoulders as we travelled … I went to Warakurna and later to Warburton. I met my wife, Norma, there.
Accession ID: 20131014_FORM_MIRA_B0045_0055
Provenance: This material is sourced from Ngurra Kuju Walyja — the Canning Stock Route Project, which was initiated in 2006 by FORM and developed in partnership with Birriliburu, Kayili, KALACC, Mangkaja, Martumili, Ngurra, Papunya Tula, Paruku IPA, Warlayirti and Yulparija artists and art centres.