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.