Maralinga the big bomb

Noreen PARKER: artist

Not On Display

About the work

When my mother was a young girl about 15 years, the people were living in the bush in wiltjas in the Spinifex Country. My mother told me this story, how the people were all sitting down and they saw a big light and then lots of smoke, the smoke just went up and up and up. The people were frightened they thought it was a walpa pulka (big storm) or the wanampi (rainbow serpent). My Uncle, my mother’s brother had gone to hunt bush tucker in Maralinga Country, he never came back, he died from that bomb, that’s a true story’. In this painting you can see the families camped in their wiltja's and the white people who brought the bomb, camping with their army trucks.
Maralinga the big bomb
Artist/Maker and role
Noreen PARKER: artist
acrylic on canvas
75.5 x 56.5 cm
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Purchased through The Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation: COVID-19 Arts Stimulus Package, 2020
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
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This is one of the paintings in our collection.