About the artwork and sitter
Birrunga’s work explores notions of spirituality, in traditional, historical and contemporary contexts. Dedicated to exploring and bringing to light cultural and personal histories, this intriguing self portrait demands close attention.
He says of the work, “this is me Culturally, who I really am, Wiradyuri, of Wiradyuri Ngurambang (Country) Culture, Balumbambal (Ancestors) Burbang (Ceremony) Lore.
“The work includes references to our Wiradyuri men’s Diamond Lore; our Mountains; our 3 Rivers; our Plains; my personal Lore, Birrung (Sky) Lore; my Totem, Birrung (Sky); my family Lore, Story Telling; surrounded by our Central Lore, Yindyamarra (to do Slowly; to be Gentle; to be Polite; to Honour; to Respect) and by our sacred smoke moving counter clockwise around the edges of the canvas.
“All of which informs, nurtures, supports and underpins my process of becoming.”
About the artist
Birrunga Wiradyuri is a Meanjin based Wiradyuri bundadhaany (artist). He is the founder and principal artist of Birrunga Gallery and Dining. He also mentors young artists, and works with indigenous prisoners.