Saturday, 8 December 2007

Professor Howard Morphy on the art of Mulkun Wirrpanda and Dhakiyarr Wirrpanda’s cross-cultural legacy.

Mulkun Wirrpanda is the eldest and most knowledgeable of the Dhudi-Djapu clan from Dhuruputjpi on Blue Mud Bay and an esteemed leader and artist. She was an early exponent of painting without figurative imagery in the miny’tji and also working in weaving wood and printmaking. She features in Hetti Perkins’s Art + Soul book, exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW and ABC TV series launched in October 2010.
Professor Howard Morphy publishes widely on the anthropology of art, aesthetics, performance, museum anthropology, visual anthropology and religion. He is Director of the Research School of Humanities at the Australian National University and is currently leading a multidisciplinary team looking at culture, society and ecology over time among the Yolngu people of Blue Mud Bay. See: Becoming Art, Exploring Cross-Cultural Categories, UNSW Press, 2008.