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When you leave the old country to return to the concrete world, you feel a sense of belonging and strong identity after swimming in the banawurun (rivers) where the stars kiss the sand (dawara). I always take that ceremony and healing powers where ever I travel with my music and arts, the many spears the universe swings my way in terms of my trials and tribulations, I always return to that sacred moment in time up with all my family in particular my son wawu waluwulkurun.
I wanted to capture this great moment when all of us Yalanji men spent a beautiful weekend out on the western homelands. With all the profound pressures that we black men face in society, it’s integral for us to recalibrate and reconnect with country to heal and be at one with the ancient world, its cultural teachings and secrets. It’s extremely emotional for me when I glance at this artistic landscape because it takes me to a time of connectedness with my late son “walu wulkurun” and other dear families.
To share that moment walking amongst the lands of the ancient kings, seeing and being graced by beautiful butterflies in 3D was like walking through the Garden of Eden, a sacred Utopia. The country is hypnotic, always evolving and alive with a character unique to only us as Yalanji descendants. When you leave the old country to return to the concrete world, you feel a sense of belonging and strong identity after swimming in the “banawurun” rivers, where the stars kiss the sand “dawara”.
I always take that ceremony and healing powers where ever the wind takes me with my music and arts. I’m happy that I polarised this moment in time, we have lost some loved ones along the way and when reflecting and seeking salvation I always find perspective when looking at the beautiful piece that is “kawanji”.
*Original art size – 90cm x 90cm
Textured Surface Sihl Masterclass 320gsm Cotton Rag
Standard border is 3cm
|Size - Kawanji|
30cm x 30cm, 50cm x 50cm, 80cm x 80cm, 90cm x 90cm