"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."
Theresa Beeron is a Jirrbal/ Girramay Traditional Owner. She is based in Murray Upper, North-West of Cardwell, Queensland.
Theresa is an accomplished painter, potter and weaver. As a child, Theresa was taught to weave by her Mother. She specialises in finely crafted Mindi, Burrajingal and Jawun traditional baskets. These unique baskets are woven meticulously with special rainforest and river grasses.
Theresa’s striking pieces mirror the environment in which she lives. Her art speaks to audiences, telling both her personal story and the story of her ancestors.
Theresa’s artwork has been acquired by private collections and institutions such as Sydney’s Art Bank and the Queensland Art Gallery. She regularly facilitates workshops, provides cultural advice and continues to pass on her weaving skills to younger generations.
Artist: Theresa Beeron
Cultural Group: Jirrbal/ Girramay
Materials: Clay Ceramic Non-Traditional
Dimensions: 38cm x 16.5cm x 6cm
Cat # 262-17
Bunyaydinyu Bagu by Theresa Beeron
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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.