Djirrirra Wunungmurra

Yukuwa (bush yam)

NATURAL EARTH PIGMENTS ON BARK, 17.3 x 12.5"

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Born: 1968
Moiety: Yirritja
Clan: Dhalwangu, Narrkala

The annual reappearance of bush yam is a Yolngu metaphor for the increase and regeneration the Land.  It’s also associated with a renewal ceremony shared by all Yirritja clans and involves the exchange of sacred objects, songs and dance. Traditionally the invitation to this ceremony takes the form of a yam with strings ending in feathered flowers attached to it. Yukuwa is also one of the personal names of the artist. This motif arose when she had been challenged by a family member about her right to paint buyku, the fishtrap imagery of her own clan. Rather than argue she retorted by painting imagery that is in a sense, almost a self portrait.