51cm x 61cm: Box Canvas : Acrylic on Canvas
I am painting kunjuri (shield). Our ancestors used kunjuri and wakay (sword) for fighting to protect themselves from getting hurt.
I started watching my grandfather paint when I was 12 years old. He taught me a lot about my culture, and this is why I am interested in kunjuri. My kunjuri are abstracted. When the Missionaries came here to Wujal Wujal; they tried to stop my people from speaking language and practicing our traditions and because of this we lost some of the knowledge. However, the old people were very strong and even though it was very hard they carried our culture despite the Missionaries and kept it strong.