Synthetic Polymer Paint on Belgian Linen
91 x 61 cm
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Warlayirti Artists, WA
Private collection, VIC
Cooee Art Gallery at Australian Galleries, April 2016, Australian Galleries SydneyStory
Miliga was already a mature initiated tribes woman when she moved in to the old Balgo Hills mission in the 1940s. She began painting in the late 1980s and had created no more than 60 wondrous paintings by the time she passed away in 1994. These glorious textured works all depict her Kukatja homelands where, with other nomadic women, she camped and looked for foods and tree branches, which were made into the implements that they used in their daily lives.
Milliga’s work was informal, layered and ‘at all times free of artifice’. The lack of visible structure is supplanted by clusters of light colours over dark underlying designs. Shimmering fields of dots pay tribute to the ancestral beings, who the Kukatja people emulate by rubbing their bodies with animal fat and red ochre. Paintings by Milliga and her fellow painters were bright and highly colour charged when originally painted. However the inexpensive acrylic paint that was provided to the artists in Balgo Hills at that early stage of development at the art centre have degraded over time and now impart a more russet-toned earthy feel.
Nevertheless, in this medium, Milliga created profoundly important and glorious works and left a rare and very precious legacy.