Robyn Djunginy

Robyn Djunginy

Skin name: Bulanydjan
Language: Ganalbingu
Dreaming: Yirritja
Clan: Gurrumba Gurrumba
Date of birth: 1947-11-08
From: Nyalyindi
Community: Ramingining : NT
Outstation: Nyalyindi



Djunginy was born in 1947 to father, acclaimed artist, Ngukmarmar and sister to artists Milpurrurru and Charlie Djurritjni. Djunginy is renowned for her contribution to Contemporary Indigenous Art, being one of the first Ramingining women to showcase her weaving skills on a global scale.

Best known for her pandanus dyed woven bottles and painted bottle form which has been the predominate motif throughout Djunginy work. The Inspiration for this motif arose while living at Mulgurrum outstation, where several Italian Chianti bottles were amongst community. Encouraged to weave these bottles by, then art curator, Djon Mundine of Bula’bula Arts.  Djuniny bottles were soon found in many public institutions and private collections.

The bottle motif is also in reference to Djunginy Mother Group Marrangu Djinang, where the bottles, shaped like beehives, represent the Honey story in Ramingining, Central Arnhem Land. In contrast, the woven bottle motif is also representative to the use and misuse of alcohol in all communities remote and urban.

Djunginy bottle motif is also depicted in painted form, however, the painted bottles were representations of the swampland in Ramingining, with the bottles depicting canoes gliding through the swamp water painted in tradition rarrk design.

Djunginy first exhibition was held in 1983 at the George Paton Gallery, Melbourne. Successfully aweing the audience with the detail and color of the woven bottles. Her bottles were then featured in the 1998 Sydney Biennale, showcasing Indigenous weaving as Contemporary Art. Djunginy won the National NAIDOC 2011 Artist of the year award for [INSERT]. Djunginy was commissioned for the 2013 Exhibition String Theory: Focus on Contemporary Art, held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW for her woven bottles, which received raving reviews from the public and critics alike.

Djunginy created one Dupun (Hollow Log) for the 1988 Aboriginal Memorial, an installation of over 200 Dupun commemorating the deaths of indigenous people since white occupation The Aboriginal Memorial.  The installation was exhibited at the Biennial of Sydney- beneath the Southern Cross. Before moving to the National Gallery of Australia as a permanent display

Djunginy has experienced great success both nationally and internationally; with over 30 group exhibitions, and work in numerous public and private collections, Djunginy continues to be a sought after artist.