Ethel Thomas

Burrkunda, 2021

40.7 x 50.8 cm

Acrylic on canvas board


"In the old days our people would make  scars on our body called burrkunda, to connect us to our family and as a sign of coming of age. Markings were made by our Elders cutting us with sharp shell and our Mothers had the say as where the marking would be on our body. Today we continue to make markings by painting paper and canvas. Together we make these markings, strengthening our connection to Family and Country. Today we can share this, to a bigger world so others would know about the past."