Polymer paint on linen
90 x 90 cm
Area: Bidyadanga, Western Australia
Jan Billycan and Weaver Jack were both born and came from the
desert but were moved to the coastal region south of Broom hence seeing both the desert and maritime
sense in the images. Desert landscape and marine colours.
Weaver was born at Lungarung, a jila (waterhole) in the Great Sandy Desert. This place is near Winpa country on the Canning Stock Route. Weaver grew up in this country and travelled around with her two mummies and daddy before being married off to her promised husband. After mining started in the Pilbara, much of the valuable underground creek system was disturbed, creating a devastating drought in the Yulparija country. Many people died and others moved away. Weaver had children with her husband, and continued travelling further from her home in search of water. Eventually they came to Weaver's sister at Bidyadanga in the late 1960's. She spent most of her life living a traditional lifestyle, and she was considered to be the senior law woman for the Yulparija people.
Weaver Jack passed away in October 2010.
For further biographical information, see Short Street Gallery.