This work is a work in progress continuing on from a recent work Yabruma shown at The Walls in November 2015. Yabruma was created in Mud in the Tallebudgerra Creek.
This work Guriba, Yunggullba, Yabruma was created both on South Stradbroke Island and recreated in installation here at Bundall on the Gold Coast with mud, seagrass and sand from Tallebudgerra, Tweed River and South and North Stradbroke Island. Yugambeh, Nganduwal and Quandamooka country.
Following the traditions of my Ancestors, the Ngugi people of the Quandamooka (Moreton Bay), I endeavour to negotiate respectfully, both with family Elders, and with Elder custodians of Jellurgul (“Big Burleigh”), Jebbribillum (“Little Burleigh”) and the broader cultural landscape. In times past, the presence of the Quandamooka tribes on the country between Tallebudgera Creek and the Tweed River – the Traditional lands of the Nganduwal people – would have been by invitation to participate in cultural events at their large campsite, subsequently intersected by QLD / NSW border.
The materials I have used to create this work come from saltwater country – the sea and the shoreline, where they appear and reappear where the tides take them – always in the tides.