Home-maker #4

Sandra HILL: artist

On Display

About the work

This painting explores what it was like for Aboriginal people to live through the 1950s in (Western) Australia. Using first-hand experience, the artist recounts feelings of displacement, and emotional distance, for those who lived under the assimilation policy. The policy was meant to guide Aboriginal people's entry and inclusion into mainstream Australian society, though only as domestics and labourers.
Another important feature of the painting is its depiction of Noongar culture and cultural material. The yorga (Noongar woman) can be seen wearing a booka – an animal-skin cloak traditionally worn and made by Noongar people.
Home-maker #4
Artist/Maker and role
Sandra HILL: artist
oil on canvas
91.4 x 76.2 cm (irregular)
Production place
Balingup, Western Australia
Display location
Credit line
Purchased through The Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation: TomorrowFund, 2011
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession number

This is one of the paintings in our collection.