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Telling Tales: Shirley Purdie

Born 1947, Gilban, Western Australia
Lives and works Warmun, Western Australia
Gija language group, Nangari skin group

Senior Gija woman Shirley Purdie presents a vast botanical encyclopedia comprising 72 individual paintings that document the bush tucker and medicinal plants of the East Kimberley. This body of work is a result of years of research, working with linguist Frances Kofod to document individual plant species and record their Gija, Latin and English names. Impressive in scale and beauty, it represents a means of preserving vital information and cultural memory for future generations.

<b>Shirley Purdie</b> <i>Goowoolem Gijam – Gija plants</i>, 2013-16

Shirley Purdie Goowoolem Gijam – Gija plants, 2013-16
Ochre on canvas
45 × 45 cm (72 panels)