"During Onchan-min Season, the salt pans begin to dry out. There is still a little bit of water left over from Kaap season but it's mainly dried out. You can start to use the old hunting tracks again at this time of the year."
Keith Wikmunea was born in 1967 in Aurukun. He was raised in Aurukun by his parents. Keith is from Wik-Alken (mother’s side) and Wik-Mungkan (father’s side).
His totems are the White Cockatoo, and Goanna from his father’s side, and the Galah and Frilled-neck lizard from his mother’s side.
Keith’s country is Kencherang (father’s side) which is north of Aurukun. There’s a large freshwater lagoon there. During the wet season, saltwater comes up the creek during the high tides. There is one large creek that comes into the country which splits out into my mother’s country called Ti-tree.
When the freshwater breaks out in the wet season it joins with the creek at Kencherang and connects to the saltwater. Keith belongs to the Apalech clan from his father’s side. His mother’s side is the Winchanum clan.
As an artist, Keith is passionate about passing on his creative and cultural knowledge to future generations. His vision is for Wik and Kugu Art Centre to support artists keeping culture strong and alive.
KEITH WIKMUNEA | 'Piintal' | 2022 | Acrylic paint on linen / Framed in floating box timber
Details: 171 (h) x 121 (w) cm