26 October, 2021
Bangarra mourns the recent loss of respected artist, and senior Yolgnu Elder Ms. N Yunupingu. In 2016, Bangarra were privileged to share the story of this truly remarkable woman in the program titled OUR land people stories.
Stephen recalls how he sat quietly watching her paint, mesmerised by the magic of her detailed work, and how she held a timeless space that transcended people and place. Her paintings captured the flow of life and the events of beauty and trauma with purity and wonderment.
She was an artist and cultural icon, who brought so much to her people, her Community, as well as the arts in this country and internationally.
Bangarra would like to thank her for inspiring us with her story. We will cherish the memory of gifting the work back to her and the community on the footy oval in Yirrkala as the bright full moon hovered above, illuminating this proud little woman who fearlessly saw the light and dark of the world yet painted it with such beauty and power.
We send our heartfelt condolences to her Family, the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka | Yirrkala Art Centre and North East Arnhem Land Community.
Stephen Page, Frances Rings, Jacob Nash, Elma Kris and the Bangarra Dancers & Company.