35 x 35cm
Dhuwarrwarr worked as a nurse in the Yirrkala Hospital as a young woman. This building was one of the first built in the region dating from the early sixties. It was made by Yolŋu working with missionaries using hand tools. In 1975 a new brick clinic was built and the fledgling art co-operative Buku-larrnggay took over the building. The original footprint of that old building remains the heart of the art centre as Gallery one and the front counter along with the Maternity Ward which was added in the mid sixties which is Gallery Two. In a recent renovation it was revealed that the roof of the building is held up by a massice Cypress Pine trunk which has only been squared off where it meets something else square as the builders assumed that no one would ever see this shortcut. Dhuwarrwarr has brought alive the early life of the building. Wounds are being bandaged, small operations conducted, babies being born, linen being washed, a tea room and kitchen being used, Patients are sleeping in their beds, family are sitting outside smoking. And now fifty years later the building shows the work of artists who were born in the same building and Dhuwarrwarr is no longer a young healthworker but a senior artist.
Printed April 2016