DETAIL : Jimmy BAKER 'Katatjita' 2006 synthetic polymer paint on canvas, Courtesy of Marshall Arts Aboriginal Fine Art Gallery, � Jimmy Baker
Jan (Djan NANUNDIE) BILLYCAN | All that Jila

Australia 1928 /1932
All that Jila 2005
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
121.5 (h) x 121.5 (w) cm
Courtesy of a Private Collection, Melbourne
© Jan Billycan (Djan Nanundie)

Jan Billycan is a maparn (medicine woman) from this country. She can see ‘inside’ the human body, and is a renowned traditional healer. This is evident in her landscapes, as the visceral nature of her work is reminiscent of the internal organs of the human body. A living waterhole becomes a liver or kidney, while the tali (sand dunes) are stretched across the canvas like the human ribcage. The body is just an extension of the land. Billycan knows these things on a deep metaphysical level and does not like to discuss her talents. However, it is important for kardiya (whitefellas) to be aware of this in order to understand the significance of Billycan’s work.

Jan Billycan, 2006