• Artwork:Paper Bark
  • Artist:Elverina Johnson
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Paper Barkby Elverina Johnson

This print depicts the artwork titled Storytime - Paper Bark or Buluru - Guga Bilba. Guga Bilba is the name for the Paper Bark tree which has great cultural significance to the people from the Yarrabah coastal region. The Paper Bark is turned on the reverse side reveals patterns and wavy lines that show the growth of the tree itself. The Paper Bark is also an important natural resource that has long been used in the preparation and cooking of food, shelter, warmth, fire making and water containers.

  • Artist:Elverina Johnson
  • Title:Paper Bark
  • ID:MFAS01023
  • Medium:Print on Silk
  • Size:135 x 250 cm
  • Region:Queensland


Elverina Johnson's traditional family name is Bunya Badjil which translates to Good Woman. Elverina lives at Yarrabah, a costal Aboriginal community near Cairns situated between the rainforest and the ocean. Elverina is of Kunganji Gurugulu lineage on her granfather's side and Indinji Gimuy on her grandmother's side. Elverina's enduring custodial ties to her traditional culture are reflected in her artworks which depict the natural abundance and beauty of her ancestral homelands. 

Elverina is a highly respected advocate for her community and she has been involved in the visual and performing arts industry for over 25 years. 


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