Janmarda – Bush Onion


Edition of 99
Etching – Sugar lift painting and Aquatint on two plates
Image Size 50 x 33cm
Paper Size 76 x 56cm

This design pertains to the artist's father's country, a rockhole called Mirmindilli, on the South side of Mungurrurrpa (Mongrel Downs). The artist paints the design on to his body during ceremonies. Only men of the artist's clan paint these symbols. They represent women sitting with their digging sticks and the bush onions they have uncovered and collected to eat. Ronnie's familiar name, which Warlpiri use when referring to him, is Janmarda, the bush onion.