A cultural hub in the Gunbalanya community is the Injalak Arts centre where visitors can meet local artists and see exquisite painting, fibre and sculptural arts being created. I encountered a significant ochre painting on bark by highly skilled painter Graham Badari, which I purchased. I then had the privilege of sitting down with Graham with the painting and listening to the associated stories. The spirit depicted is very powerful and is named Namorrodoh, the shooting star spirit.
The work was exhibited in September 2008 at Mossenson Galleries, Melbourne at the ‘Sex, Spirits and Sorcery’ exhibition along with many other phenomenal works by Graham.
I sat with Glen Namundja while he painted and showed me how to grind, not crush, ochre and mix with glue. You can see my crushing attempts with my own ochre in the background.