Eileen Yaritja STEVENS: artist

Not On Display

About the work

Piltati, 2006 is a fine example of Stevens’ masterful paintings. Piltati, 2006 is a depiction of the ancestral creation story Piltati Tjukurpa where two sisters, Wanyinta and Alartjatjarra, along with their husbands, travelled the lands looking for food. The two women would travel far to dig and hunt and always returned with food for their husbands, but on one particular occasion decided they would eat some of the food before heading back to their husbands. Their husbands became angry that their wives had not returned, and decided to trick their wives by turning into two water snakes and going into the water holes near the site. The men, in the form of water snakes became angry and killed and ate the two sisters. Piltati Tjukurpa is a story that is depicted by many well-known artists from Stevens’ homelands including Wingu Tingima and Tiger Palpatja.
Artist/Maker and role
Eileen Yaritja STEVENS: artist
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
135.0 x 201.0 cm
Production place
South Australia
Credit line
Gift of Dr Ben Korman under the Commonwealth Government's Cultural Gifts Program, The Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2011
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession number

This is one of the paintings in our collection.