"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. They have also used other materials, new and recycled, to emphasise the design elements of the Bagu.
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.
Bunyaydinyu means “to weave” or “woven”. The artist has drawn on traditional weaving practices to enhance the Bagu she has made."
Alison Murray is a Girramay Traditional Owner of the Murray Upper area, near Cardwell, North Queensland.
Alison is a skilled ceramicist with an outstanding portfolio. Her pottery work consists of both traditional and modern designs, including Bagu sculptures, vases, jewellery, Bigin bowls and three dimensional animals. Drawing from traditional stories, Alison’s strong connection to family, place and heritage is manifested in the work she produces. Her eye for detail, great understanding of composition, colour and pattern making is evident in her award winning pieces.
Alison’s artwork has been acquired by the Parliament House Art Collection, National Maritime Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. Alison was most notably awarded the inaugural Emerging Artist Award by the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. She was a finalist in the 2016 Shepparton Indigenous Ceramic Art Awards & Salon Des Refuses (Darwin). Alison has also created commissioned works for the Cairns Performing Art Centre.
Artist: Allison Murray
Cultural Group: Girramay
Materials: Clay Ceramic Non-Traditional
Dimensions: 43cm x 20cm x 6.5cm
Cat # AM1158
Bunyaydinyu Bagu by Alison Murray
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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.