Wayayi (Male Bush Curlew) by Janice Pungautiji Murray
Image 90 x 20cm, framed
In the Tiwi creation story Bima turned into the female wayayi. The eerie sound of the bush curlew is said to be Wayayi calling out for her dead son in the night.
Janice Murray is renowned for her depictions of the vast array of birdlife that inhabit the Tiwi Islands.This original limited edition print was made as a result of Janice being awarded the 2017 APW Collie Print Trust Fellowship. As artist in residence in May 2017, Janice worked in collaboration with Senior Printers Martin King and Simon White at the Australian Print Workshop based in Melbourne, to produce a major body of works. The end product was exhibited in a solo exhibition at the APW from July - September 2017 Titled Tokapuwi (Big Mob of Birds).
Jilamara Arts & Crafts Association is an indigenous owned art centre located in Milikapiti on Melville Island, which is one of the Tiwi Islands, 80 km to the north of Darwin. Artists at the centre have made a significant contribution to contemporary indigenous art in Australia since the association was established in 1989.