"Based on the traditional fire making implements of the Girringun rainforest Aboriginal people, the artists have created artworks made from clay, timber and string to evoke the spirit of the old people. Traditionally, the firesticks were made up of two parts, the Bagu (body) and Jiman (sticks). Bagu is normally made from the boogadilla (milky pine tree) and Jiman are made from mudja (wild guava tree). The Bagu form was founded in the shape of a man. The spirit design was created with traditional clays and the ochre colours are magera yellow, jillan, black with wallaby blood and garba white."
Maureen Beeron is a Girramay woman of the Murray River area. She is based in the Jumbun Aboriginal Community, North-west of Cardwell.
Maureen is a master weaver of Wungarr eel traps, Jawun baskets and is skilled in traditional Bark String making. Maureen is also a painter who expresses her knowledge and cultural experiences through her artwork. The traditional baskets and other objects she makes are a common theme in her paintings.
When creating Jawun, Maureen collects the lawyer cane from the rainforest, removes the spiky outer ‘skin’ of the cane and prepares it from splitting by passing it through the fire. It is then finely woven into the bi-cornual shape. Some of her notable past works include a large and extra large Jawun made for carrying babies. A similar process is used to create Wungarr. These weaving skills have been passed on to Maureen by her cousin-sister. Since 2004, Maureen’s eel traps have been exhibited in numerous exhibitions both regionally and Nationally. Her eel traps have also been acquired by private collectors within Australia.
Artist: Maureen Beeron
Cultural Group: Girramay
Materials: Clay Ceramic non-traditional
Dimensions: 22cm x 10cm x 6cm
Cat # 241-15
Bagu by Maureen Beeron
Arts and crafts: Girringun Art Centre's arts and crafts are hand produced, one off original works. As such they may from time to time have unique marks or craftsmanship nuances that may be deemed as faults. These will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us within 30 (thirty) days upon receipt of the item if you feel the work has an issue that you'd like to discuss.
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The Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre is located in Cardwell, Far North Queensland. The centre represents artists from nine Traditional Owner Groups, the Nywaigi, Gugu Badhun, Warrgamay, Warungnu, Bandjin, Girramay, Gulgnay, Jirrbal and Djiru people.