Earth pigments on Stringybark
65.5 x 29cm
In 2018, inspired by Dr Bentley James’ book Maypal, Mayali’ ga Wäŋa (shellfish, meaning & place) the artist’s mother Mulkun Wirrpanda began to paint the essence of shellfish she has grown up with. She achieves this by painting the species as she knows them in their naturalistic form without reference to their sacred identity. This follows a similar phase where the artist of her own motion explored lesser known plant species which she feared were being forgotten by younger generations.
Yalmakany also began painting shellfish series with the knowledge aquired from her mother. The following descriptions of the species are from the above book.
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