Yukuwa- root food- vine (small scrambling plant) with long edible root. Vigna Vexillata, V. lanceolata. This work is an outcome of a phase where the artist of her own motion explored lesser-known plant species, which she feared were being forgotten by younger generations. This coincided with artist John Wolseley’s interest in returning to Yilpara and the two spent an extended period exploring the botany of Blue Mud Bay. She wants to renew the knowledge of this plants because when she was young this is the food that she grew up on. In those days old people lived for a long time without illness.The project began when the two artists Mulkun Wirrpanda and John Wolseley were part of Djalkiri- We are Standing on their Names- a collaborative art project at Yilpara in 2009.
Since then Wirrpanda has been making a comprehensive series of barks, larrakitj and prints about the poorly recognised food plants of East Arnhem Land. They figure plants and trees of various kinds, which live in the Yirrkala region. And since 2009 John Wolseley has also been making drawings, woodcuts and large works on paper about the same plants and landscape.
Yukuwa III by Mulkun Wirrpanda Etching, 2014. Etching Size: 40 x 45cm Paper. Paper Size: 58 x 76cm Overall Framed Dimensions: 67 w x 87 H cm.
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