17 June - 8 July
Warlbowinj and Jumulunj (River Wallaby and Boab Tree)
The honesty and sincerity of these works are born from the relationship to country and kin. In the Gija kinship system Peggy Patrick and Kathy Ramsay are Grandmother and Grandaughter and both have the Crow as their Ngarrangarni / Totem. Together they present Warlbowinj and Jumulunj (River wallaby and Boab tree).
Peggy Patrick (OAM) is a bold and spirited woman, whose life journey tells the story of an incredibly fierce commitment to and pride for her culture and country in the face of almost inconceivable odds. Born c.1930, Peggy is the now custodian of a number of significant song cycles and is renowned for her works that feature the joomooloony (boab trees) of the Kimberley. Of these works, Peggy says, “ this is the joomooloony, that's for women – ngalingalimboorroo. When women give birth out in the bush, they put their dinyjil [umbilical chord] in the boab tree, to make their babies strong. Then that boab tree belongs to that child.”
Kathy Ramsay is one of Warmun Art Centre's most exciting emerging artists carrying on the legacy of her artistic family. The daughter of artists Rammey and Mona Ramsay, and the granddaughter of the late Timmy Timms, Kathy is keen to share her stories. She states 'I just like to join in and to be sharing a part of my country. to I just paint what my old people told me about our Country – because they are the ones who know the history of our Country, the Country we’re still connected to today. Our Country really knows us, and it owns us.”