|Date of Birth:||12/12/1977|
|Mother's Country:||Imalu Point, Melville Island|
|Father's Country:||Marrikawuyanga, Melville Island|
|Skin Group:||March Fly|
“At school art was my favorite subject”. Josephine Burak is the daughter of respected custodian of traditional medical knowledge, Lydia Burak. Having gained her mothers’ carving skills as well as painting skills Josephine Burak often prepares her own pwoja (comb, painting tool) to shape it to her exact needs. Josephine's paintings will often feature the significant Kulama Ceremony and her designs are also wonderfully reminiscent of astronomic star charts. A committed artist, Josephine has been in previous years one of the directors of the Art Centre and she is currently employed as Assistant Manager of the Art Centre where she contributes to its day-to-day management and operations.
During ceremony on the Tiwi Islands a series of 'yoi' (dances), are performed; some are totemic (inherited from the person's Mother) and some serve to act out the narrative of...