When I paint I am Kabbindi -there is just me, the bark and the paint.
Kabbindi is a Gunmok woman from Western Arnhem Land. As a custodian of the culture and traditions of her people, she preserves, through her art, the stories she learned as a child.
Her inspiration is her grandfather, Wamud Namok, who was a leader amongst his people and whose artworks are featured in the National Gallery of Australia and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Kabbindi describes her painting as being in the Mimih style of her forebears. This typically involves the depiction of spirit beings and the animals and plants of her grandfather's country, painted on plain ochre ground. Animals are either painted in solid white form or else in the x-ray style, with their internal physiology on display. Spirits beings on the other hand are decorated with the single parallel hatching or rarrk (fine line work) characteristic of the art of her grandfather's clan.
Kabbindi grew up in Oenpelli and Jabiru in the NT. As a teenager, she spent three years at Toorak College in Mt Eliza where she completed her VCE. On her return to the NT, Kabbindi assisted at the local school in Oenpelli. Following the passing of her grandfather, Kabbindi returned to her grandfather's birthplace to continue painting in her grandfathers tradition, producing works for her February 2012 exhibition at the 'Qdos' Gallery in Lorne, Victoria. This was Kabbindi's first official exhibition and it attracted many interstate and local visitors to its opening and many of Kabbindi's paintings were sold immediately they went on view. Kabbindi and other Stone Country Creation members are now painting for another exhibition planned in Melbourne in 2014.