This exhibition focuses on the extensive knowledge of the propagation, harvesting, preparation and storage of bush foods held by Aboriginal people from different communities around the NT. Damibila in Gulumoerrgin (Larrakia) means ‘Barramundi’ and is also the name given to the season that signals the start of the dry season in the Top End. Mimah means food in Gulumoerrgin; this collection of traditional and contemporary paintings, sculptures, textiles and fibre artworks aims to explore part of the incredible inventory of environmental, spiritual and sociocultural knowledge held by Aboriginal artists and craftspeople today. Featuring Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Jilamara Arts & Crafts, Babbarra Women’s Centre, Injalak Arts and Merrepen Arts in conjunction with work by local artists Sylvia Nulpindtij, Dale Austin and artwork by participants of Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation’s Community Development Programs from Belyuen, Acacia, Holtze and Daly River.
See Damibila Mimah from Monday 27 April – Friday 15 June.
Originally from Milingimbi community, Sylvia is now based in Darwin with her husband Clinton Gaykamangu.
Sylvia is both a painter and a weaver. Sylvia paints Yirritja ancestral stories such as Gularri (Fresh Water Dreaming) and Warraga (Cycad Dreaming).
Sylvia harvests Pandanus Spiralis and natural bush dyes from around the Darwin and Palmerston regions to use for her traditional and contemporary woven fibre artworks. Utilising traditional techniques such as twining and knotting, Sylvia creates stunning woven mats and dillybags, in conjunction with coiled baskets and contemporary fibre forms.