Buluwana (Kuninjku Spirit Woman) 2022
Abigail and her late mother, the renowned Kuninjku fibre and textile artist Jennifer Wurrkidj created this design together. Ruth said her mum was telling the story of Buluwana while they were sitting and drawing.
“She’s an old lady from our ancestor creation time, before mimih spirits roamed the land. Her skin name is Wamutjan– she is from the Dhuwa moiety. When the mimih came to our country, she turned into stone out Yikarrakkal and Manmoyi way.
She lives in a sacred place, where she turned to stone she lives there now forever. She is an important woman for my people.
I draw her because she my dreaming. I can’t tell the full story about Buluwana, because it’s a little bit secret, but it’s okay for me to paint her and share these parts. My people can know the full Buluwana story, and the djungkay (caretaker) can tell the full Buluwana story too.” J. Wurrkidj
This is a collaborative work with Jocelyn Koyole. Abigail has printed her mothers Lino design on a soft cotton bush dye fabric.