Waringarri Arts Centre, Minnie Lumai - "Yab-yabbe geni-nim" 2020 Natural Pigment on Board (war001)
Yab-yabbe geni-nim, 2020
natural pigment on board
61 x 61 cm
Minnie Lumai is named after a freshwater spring that gently bubbles with the sound of her name - lu-mai, lu-mai, lu-mai. Her art demonstrates an energy that is at once energetic and serene. "In the early days I was a kid living at Newry Station. I looked after the goats and milked cows and I knew how to make the butter. After that I got married and went to Argyle Homestead. I worked there in the house. Old Sheeba taught me how to make bread and then I knew how to cook for the stock camp. We went to Lissadel. Next I came to Kununurra. I looked after my kids here. I didn't start painting until 2004. I had been watching all those people painting at the art centre - every morning I watched them and I asked my sister if I could come and paint. Now I come here and paint and I dance here too. My paintings are about the stories of my Country and culture - the way the land is from the dreaming and where we travel to hunt and fish."
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