100% French flax linen.
145cm x 274cm tablecloth.
This artwork depicts important manme (food) from freshwater environments on Jennifer’s country and the traditional tools used to gather them. The kunkaninj (digging stick) is used to dig for wayuk (waterlily) roots, which are eaten fresh from the water or cooked on an open fire.
The kunkaninj is also used to find and dig freshwater komrdawh (long necked turtles) which hibernate on the floodplains during the dry season. Various fish species including the birlmu (barramundi) are hunted with a spear or trapped inside a woven fish trap. After they are collected and hunted, these foods are carried back to camp in woven dilly bags called kunmadj.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Jennifer is a Kuninjku artist from the Kurulk clan whose country lies around the outstation of Mumeka in central Arnhem Land.
Sister of Deborah Wurrkidj, the two women are the nieces (daughters in Kuninjku relational terms) of Australia’s most highly acclaimed bark painter, John Mawurndjul. The two women are renowned, in their own right, for their bark paintings, hollow logs and carved sculptures.
Jennifer’s artwork has been exhibited throughout Australia and her textile art is in the collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia.
Jennifer’s ancestor spirits are Dadbe (King brown snake), Djimarr (Black crow), and Buluwana (woman spirit being).