Indigenous artist

Ruby Djikarra-Alderton

I am a Yolngu women from Yirrkala in North East Arnhem Land.  As a child I spent alot of time with my mother while she was creating her art.  Later, as a teenager she then encouraged me to help her paint her bark paintings, create her prints and edition them with her.  This led me to working at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts Centre as a printmaker and arts worker for 3 years.  Now I am living in Newcastle and an independant artist.  For the past 4 years I have been working with Artback NT & Buku with a touring exhibition from Yirrkala, Balnhdhurr - A Lasting Impression.  My art has always has a huge influence from my Yolngu heritage.  What I create is both old and new stories using traditional and non-traditional mediums.  I only paint the Rirratjingu clan designs, which is my mother's clan and the designs and stories that I inherited.  I love to be able to share my knowledge and culture whenever the opportunity arises.