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Alice Guinness

Ieramugadu (Roebourne), WA

Alice Guinness is a Yindjibarndi Elder who was born at Gooda Binya. She currently resides in Ieramugadu (Roebourne) and paints daily with Juluwarlu Art Group. Alice paints the Burndud circle, a dance in her traditions. She paints the Burndud a lot, using different styles. The Burndud circle is a story for her law, Birdarra Law. It is a unique law and it belongs to the Yindjibarndi people.

About the Artist

Alice Guinness

Alice Guinness is a Yindjibarndi woman who was born at Gooda Binya. She has been painting for many years at art centres in Ieramugadu (Roebourne). Most of Alice's work focuses on two stories: the Burndud / Bundut Circle and the bajila (caper bush). The Burndud is an important story in Yindjibarndi culture and relates to Birdarra Law. Alice paints the Burndud in different styles and colours and recently has been experimenting with ink on paper.

Alice also paints the bajila (caper bush), a native Australian plant found in the Pilbara. It is known as a good source of bush tucker, bush medicine and food for emus. Each bajila painting has its own life, holding Alice�s deep attachment to her Ngurra and the plants that give her joy. She describes the process of eating the fruits with her cousin Banyji Pansy: �When you eat the fruit, you suck the flesh and the seeds are rolled around in your mouth and then spat out. Where the seeds fall, new plants grow�.

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