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Sheryl J Burchill

SHERYL J BURCHILL | 'Balji (dilly bag)' | Etching / green state

SHERYL J BURCHILL | 'Balji (dilly bag)' | Etching / green state

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Sheryl J Burchill

Language Group:  Kuku Yalanji and Kuku Nyungkul

Traditional Land:  Daintree, Shipton’s Flat, China Camp & Bulban

Totem:  Black & White Cockatoo

Lives:  Mossman, Far North Queensland


Artwork Story:

"We are people of the rainforest from the renowned Daintree region.  We are the Kuku Yalanji people.  We collect food in the open forests and wood lands across the Great Dividing Range; we harvest and hunt on the sea, in the mangroves, the rivers and the creeks and shoreline.  

The Kuku Yalanji language word is Balji (pronounced buhl-jee).  The Balji is made from river grass and black palm.

My grandmother, mother and aunties collected, gathered and leached poisons from nuts and seeds using this very versatile vessel."


Artist biography:

“I come from an artistic family which includes my brother and my two sisters.  We were raised by a strong mother who in turn received ongoing support and guidance from our grandparents.  The stories from my mother and grandparents, the landscape and the environment are inspiration for my artwork.  Connection with my Culture and the sense of knowing where I come from keeps me grounded as a person. It also gives me the strength and courage to take on anything life throws at me. Being able to share with others, all I have learnt about my Culture through my art is a blessing.


I have completed a Diploma in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Cultural Visual Arts through TAFE. Media studied include screen printing, batik, lino printing, textile printing and etching. My aim is to use my Kuku Yalanji Culture to inform my knowledge of our Traditional Stories and life style and to use contemporary means to express my ideas.  I dedicate my artworks to my two sons, my mother and my grandparents Budibabi and Mujginidja.

I hope you get much satisfaction out of one of my pieces, as I had creating it.” - Sheryl J Burchill 


SHERYL J BURCHILL | 'Balji (dilly bag)' | 2023 | Etching / Green state | 60.5 (h) x 39.5 (w) cm | Edition of 10 


*Please note prints will not be available until after the exhibition closes.  Please allow time for printing, signing by the artist and dispatch to your destination. 

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