'dharpa djäma', translating to “Wood Work”, encompasses the carved works of both Dhuwa and Yirritja artists of Elcho Island (NT).

'dharpa djäma' will represent a number of clans, songlines, languages, styles, mediums and country, reflective of the diversity in artists working from the island and showcases both Miyalk (women’s) carvings from Megan Yunupingu and Judy Manany, and ḏirramu (men’s) carvings from artists such as David Djarrka, Sandy Pascoe and Tommy Minburra.

In this collection each artist’s own story is shared through their sculptures, where their distinctive styles highlight the diverse, complex scope of languages, relationships and stories that inform artists’ work and which make their practices so compelling.

Image: courtesy of the artist.