50.8cm x 76.2cm : Earth & Dry Pigment on Linen
I am a Ngkugkul woman from Shipton’s Flat, my mother’s Country. My dad was a Kaanju man from the Coen area.
When I was about 14 years old I started painting bulnja (owls). I was still at school. I liked looking at bulnja in the rainforest. I liked their colours and patterns in the feathers. They are really good at camouflage and you need good eyes to see them! You can find the bulnja when they sing out. It’s a funny noise! Bulnja eat little insects, lizards and mice that live in the rainforest. The bulnja have important story but I can’t talk about it.
I painted bulnja because they live in the rainforest. They live up in the trees. It’s the only place you can see them around here. The rainforest, its plants, trees and animals means a lot to me.