This t-shirt features Muluymuluy’s painting of Gathul (Mangroves).
In Arnhem Land mangroves are cathedrals. Rich smells and the clicking music of hidden life. Harvesting the fruits of the mangrove is the particular obsession of Yolŋu women. Their knowledge of what lies within and under the trees and the mud is incredible. For, as beautiful as what can be seen is, there is hidden treasure everywhere, for those who can crack the code.
During 2022 Muluymuluy was burdened with a lot of ceremonial duty in the homelands. When she returned to Yirrkala the bark season had finished. She ended up using off-cut boards and embarked on a theme of mangroves. Since then she has continued painting mangroves on bark as well. It should be understood that these paintings are not still life’s. They are an ode to the activity of being within this magic world.