It’s #InternationalCatDay and up here in North East Arnhem Land they’re known as ‘butjikit’ - yes, you guessed it, from ‘pussy cat’! Cats are an introduced species and are actually a bit of a problem to native fauna. But Tony Cameron’s fibre sculpture cats are no threat to wildlife!
#DidYouKnow - l̠uku-butjikit, which literally means ‘foot-cat’ in Yolŋu Matha, actually refers to the clubs in a suite of cards. We can certainly see the resemblance!
🎞 check out our reel below, featuring our beloved Tony, a regular buku (face) at the art centre, with guest appearances by camp dogs of Gapuwiyak and one special-guest-dog from Ramingining! ... See MoreSee Less
Our warmest congratulations to Margaret Rarru Garrawurra and Milingimbi Art and Culture Centre on taking the top prize at NATSIAA - well deserved and napurr nhuŋu djulŋthin (we all are so proud of you)!
Well done to all the winners of category prizes and participants at this year’s award - what a truly fabulous celebration of the richness and diversity of First Nations art.
It makes us märr-yiŋgathirri (feel spiritually happy) to see fibre art gaining recognition at this prestigious level. From its roots in Yolŋu culture and across First Nations cultures, fibre art should indeed be recognised not just as ‘women’s craft’ but true cultural and artistic expression.
‘Murrŋiny’ refers to the aesthetic effect of finely executed line-work that gives the visual illusion of movement. It also just means ‘beautiful’ and ‘deadly’ when used to describe Yolŋu miny’tji (design).
Check out these paintings in their full murrŋiny glory at our online Gapuwiyak stall: 🔗 2022.daaf.com.au