REGION Tiwi Islands
COUNTRY Andranangoo (Goose Creek)
SKIN GROUP Miyartuwi (Pandanus)
DANCE Jilarti (Brolga)
Michelle Bush was born in Milikapiti and has raised a family of four children in the community. Before she joined Jilamara, she worked at the Milikapiti Primary School as an assistant teacher while her children were in attendance. With all of her children now fully grown, Michelle has more time to focus on her artistic practice.
Michelle paints ‘parlini jilamara’, which is old Tiwi design that was painted onto the body during traditional Tiwi pukumani, kulama and smoking ceremonies. The red, yellow and white Michelle uses in her works are natural ochres collected from the local area around Milikapiti, Melville Island. She has also created a screen-printed design for Jilamara Art’s textile line.
Michelle is also employed at Jilamara as an arts worker and is a strong female leader on the Executive Committee. She was the elected President of the organisation for the year of 2019 and is also a substitute director of the ANKAA organisation, a collective of representatives from art centres across Australia’s top end.
Michelle has been painting at Jilamara since the beginning of 2016 and has represented the art centre at a growing number of group exhibitions, art fairs, event launches and governance conferences.
2020 Yalininga Ngaripantingija Ngirramini, Aboriginal Signature Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
2019 turnuwa amintiya kirijipuni, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
PUPUNI JILAMARA NGININGWULA, Doubletree by Hilton Darwin, NT
Tarnanthi Art Fair, Tandanya, Adelaide, SA
2018 Nginingawula Awirankiniwaki, Double Tree Hilton, Darwin, NT
2017 Mamirnikiwi Jilamara, Short Street Gallery, Broom, NT
Yirringinkiri Pwoja, Hilton Double Tree, Darwin, NT