This incredible artwork depicts the Manwak flower which grows near Mumeka creek, on the Deborah’s homeland.
The beautiful large flower blooms during the mandjewk (wet season). It has deep green petals with a central red kernel which swells to the size of a berry. It is known for its long, sweeping petals which seem to dance in the winds.
By dry season, the inside kernel resembles a strawberry in appearance and flavour, but is also very spicy so it burns our mouth. Kids and adults pick these berries enthusiastically when walking or going hunting on my country. The inside of the flowers are eaten fresh, a favourite manme (bush food) of Kuninjku people.
“When I was painting this Manwak story, I was painting in Maningrida. In my head I was dreaming of being on my homeland, eating ripe Manwak berries.”
ABOUT THE ARTWORK:
Manwak, 2017 ©Deborah Wurrkidj / Licensed by Copyright Agency. These images are not to be reproduced without the approval of the licensor.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Deborah Wurrkidj is a Kuninjku artist from the Kurulk clan whose country lies around the outstation of Mumeka in central Arnhem Land. She is an accomplished artist working across mediums including painting, sculpture, weaving and textile design.
Deborah is world renowned for her bark painting, lorrkkon (hollow logs), and fibre baskets. She has exhibited widely since 2001, throughout Australia as well as in Europe and the United States. She is represented in most of Australia’s state gallery collections.
Her ancestor spirits are Dadbe (King brown snake), Djimarr (Black crow), and Buluwana (woman spirit).
ABOUT THE COLLABORATION:
We are incredibly proud to share the Kip&Co x Bábbarra collaboration. The Bábbarra Women’s Centre is based in Maningrida, Arnhem Land, and is governed by women, for women, to enable future enterprises that support healthy and sustainable livelihoods. In 2018, Kip and Co received an invitation to collaborate with the artists and have spent the last two years working closely with this incredible group to create a collection that respectfully showcases their contemporary art, and tells the ancestral stories of Arnhem Land countries and cultures. The partnership is best practice, and one that sets a benchmark for future collaborations. All profits are shared equally between Kip and Co and Babbarra, with 50% going to the Bábbarra Women’s Centre.