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© Janice Murray/Licenced by Viscopy, 2017


Date: 2006
Overall: 560 x 760 mm
Medium: Paper (Velin Arches 250gsm), ink
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Object Copyright: © Janice Murray
Object Name: Etching
Object No: 00045073

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    This ochre, orange and black etching displays a pattern from the Pukumani burial ceremonies performed by the Tiwi. The pattern is made up of dots, dotted lines, cross hatching and diamond shapes to form the vertical columns. These geometric patterns depict sites and stories of mythological significance.

    Artwork statement:

    Jilamara is a Tiwi word that means 'design' or 'pattern'. This is a pattern from the Pukumani burial ceremonies the Tiwi have performed ever since the ancestor Purukuparli died millennia ago, and the first burial ritual took place. Janice's traditional country at Tinganu (Impinari) is where the ancestral events occurred: Purukuparli's footprint is still there.

    This print is one of 10 in the DUYFKEN Aboriginal Print Portfolio and is presented as a boxed set. The series was launched in Sydney on 28 October 2006 by Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
    SignificanceThis print, along with the complete DUYFKEN Aboriginal Print Portfolio, is an important representation of Indigenous reactions to the first documented landing of Europeans on the Australian mainland; 400 years on, this portfolio was produced to commemorate the enduring maritime link between the Netherlands and Australia. The artists were selected from a variety of regions that had early interactions with the Dutch, in order to acknowledge the varying experiences Aboriginal peoples of Australia had of early European contact.
    HistoryIn 1606, Willem Janszoon commanded the DUYFKEN in Australia's northern waters, searching for proof that the country would be a good trading partner with the vast VOC - Dutch United East India Company. The west coast of Cape York Peninsula became the first documented landing of Europeans on the Australian mainland, although Janszoon concluded that there would be little prospect of trade.

    This print is part of the DUYFKEN Aboriginal Print Portfolio, a collaboration between the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Australian Print Workshop (APW) in Fitzroy, Melbourne. In July 2006, ten of Australia's talented and emerging Indigenous artists were brought to Melbourne to take part in APW's printmaking workshop.

    The theme of the portfolio is 'first encounters' and the title takes its name from the first Dutch ship to land on Australian shores. The artists were chosen to represent the regions visited by the Dutch to produce a permanent record of the 400 years of Dutch contact with Australia. These regions include Melville Island, Arnhem Land, Cape York, Western Australia and Tasmania. Techniques used include photo-lithograph, linocut and hard-ground etchings

    The portfolio was sponsored by Forbo Flooring, Rabobank Australia, Rio Tinto Aluminium and Wesfarmers Arts and is limited to 50 numbered copies plus five artist's proofs, two APW proofs and two Presentation proofs.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: Jilamara

    Assigned title: Etching from the series 'Duyfken: the Aboriginal Print Portfolio'

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