Djimbi country , JB Fisher
  • Artist
    JB Fisher
  • Born
    1970
  • Title
    Djimbi country
  • Date of Production
    2003
  • Medium
    ochre, pva fixative, on bark (Eucalyptus tetradonta)
  • Dimensions
    163 x 68.5 cm
  • Credit Details
    Purchased with funds from the Colin Hicks Caldwell Bequest, 2004

JB Fisher

Djimbi country

JB Fisher, who started painting in 1998, is a member of the Marrungu Clan who are also referred to as the Wurrkigenydjarr, flower of the stringy bark Eucalyptus tree which signals the onset of the honey season.

Many of the artist's paintings relate to stories that are associated with honey and  bush tucker. Of the four types of honey found in Arnhem Land only one, Yarrpany, belongs to the Dhuwa moiety. This bark painting of Djimbi Country refers to the travels of the Honey creator ancestors who cut down several trees including one at Raymingirr that fell into the saltwater of the bay where it metamorphosed into a rock that can still be seen today. The chips from another tree felled at Walkumbimirri not only created waterholes such as that at Djaipididjapin but also fell into Djimbi creek in which Ngalkandji, the frilled lizard, created a large circular rock pool called Ngalkandjibimiri when he went into the ground with a large splinter caught in his throat.