Djirrirra Wunuŋmurra | Yukuwa (Stringy Yam/Vigna vexillata)

Djirrirra Wunuŋmurra

Yukuwa (Stringy Yam/Vigna vexillata), 2010

Yukuwa

Clan

Dhaḻwaŋu

More Info

Yukuwa is one of the artist‘s names and the topic of this work. It is almost a self-portrait. This work is a reference to Yirritja renewal ceremony, which is by definition a shared communion of Yirritja moiety clans, which does not relate to circumcision or mortuary rites.

There are relationships between Yirritja moiety clans that are renewed through Yukuwa ceremony at particular sites and which relate to the ritual exchange of sacred objects, song and dance. Yukuwa is a yam whose annual reappearance is a metaphor for the increase and renewal of the people and their land. Traditionally, the invitation to such a ceremony is presented as an object in the form of a yam with strings emanating from it with feathered flowers at the end. This is a suggestion of the kinship lines that tie groups together.


– Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre

Djirrirra Wunungmurra, Yirrkala 2021. Photo by Leicolhn McKellar. Djirrirra Wunungmurra, Yirrkala 2021. Photo by Leicolhn McKellar. Djirrirra Wunungmurra, Yirrkala 2021. Photo by Leicolhn McKellar. Djirrirra Wunungmurra, Yirrkala 2021. Photo by Leicolhn McKellar. Djirrirra Wunungmurra, Yirrkala 2021. Photo by Leicolhn McKellar. Djirrirra Wunungmurra, Yirrkala 2021. Photo by Leicolhn McKellar. Djirrirra Wunungmurra, Yirrkala 2021. Photo by Leicolhn McKellar. Djirrirra Wunungmurra, Yirrkala 2021. Photo by Leicolhn McKellar.

Additional Information

Decade

2010

Medium

Natural pigments on eucalyptus bark

Dimensions (IN)

69 11/16 × 17 11/16

Dimensions (CM)

177 × 45

Credit

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College. Gift of Will Owen and Harvey Wagner. 2014.77.5.

Narrative

Dhaḻwaŋu

The Dhaḻwaŋu clan belongs to the Yirritja moiety. The most important Dhaḻwaŋu songlines relate to...

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Location

Gäṉgaṉ

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Location

2010s

The 2010s saw Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka go from strength to strength. At the National Aboriginal and...

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About The Artist(s)

Clan

Dhaḻwaŋu

Artist Dates

Born 1968

Alternative Names

Yukuwa

Djirrirra Wunuŋmurra

Djirrirra Wunuŋmurra assisted her father, Yaŋgarriny Wunuŋmurra, and her brother Nawurapu Wunuŋmurra on their paintings before being granted permission to paint by her father. In 2008, she was winner of the TOGART Northern Territory Contemporary Art Award, and in 2012, she received the bark painting prize at the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.

Collections Represented

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Australian Parliament House Collection

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia

Monash University

National Gallery of Australia

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art