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  • Title: Kayimwagakimi Jilamara
  • Artist: Raelene Kerinauia
  • Region: Tiwi Islands
  • Art Centre: Jilamara Arts and Crafts
  • Medium: Silkscreen
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  • Dimensions: 50 x 40 cm
  • Edition Size: 20
  • Price ($AUD): $ 480

Artwork Story

Raelene created this etching during a print workshop with Master Printer, Basil Hall in 2017. This etching was inspired by a visit she made with other artists from Jilamara to the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in April 2017 to mine the archive of the Tiwi collection.


Kayimwagakimi is the traditional Tiwi painting ‘comb’. Made from bloodwood or ironwood, it is about 15cm high with a single row of teeth. The comb is dabbed in ochre and applied to the painting surface resulting in a straight line of fine dots, a process which is repeated over and over. Kayimwagakimi and marlipinyini (a fine stick or pandanus frond chewed to form a brush) have largely been replaced by modern brushes but a handful of Tiwi still use traditional tools.


Jilamara translates to design. Jilamara is originally drawn from the body painting which accompanied the Pukumani (funeral) and Kulama (initiation / yam) ceremonies. All the artists living at Milikapiti are drawing on collective Tiwi memory, and the individual expression and aesthetic qualities of each artist’s work is reflective of their personal interpretation of Jilamara.


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