Mussel hunting with Rosemary. Guli'winku/Elcho Island. 2019
Mussel hunting with Rosemary. Watercolour, oil, found material, stamps, khadi silk, embroidered panels on paper. Detail. 1000cmx20cm (entire). 2019.
Bukmak means "altogether" in Yolgnu Matha, which is the tongue I encountered in Galiwin'ku or Elcho Island where I lived for six months. Bukmak scroll diarises my time in Galiwin'ku where I was adopted by Rosemary Gunjarranbuy Gurrawurra Galikali. Rosemary named me Durhna, for the sacred digging stick that belonged to the two spirit women who descended from the Pleides, and who as she told me, created the features of Gali'winku as they stopped to rest.
It meant much to be adopted and named after an important instrument as the digging stick, a sense I carried as I made Bukmak scroll which chronicles my encounters and experiences with people of Gali'winku and the stories they shared with me.
Bukmak scroll is complete. The scroll will soon be available as a digital panorama. Please return.