Evelyn Mc Green
Clan Group: Binthi
Language: Thupi Warra
Themes: Sea and land
I am the daughter of Roy and May Dick. I was born in
Woorabinda in 1942, and moved to Hope Vale in the early
1950s, where my parents were originally from.
My father was a pioneer of this place, and helped build the
church here. In my early years I loved helping my dad with his
carpentry. I was a bit of a tomboy. I loved working with tools.
I spent my school years here and married Benny McGreen in 1962.
We had five children.
I started painting in about 2002. My early paintings were of
sea animals, fish and flowers. When I started, I was a bit lost,
but now I know what I'm doing and what I want to achieve. I'm
using different shapes and backgrounds.
I am also a basket-weaver, I weave with sisal hemp, pandanus,
beach hibiscus and bajin [lomandra longifolia], and collect
bush dyes to colour the fibre.
|Derek is a member of the Binthi clan of the Guguu Yimithirr people from the McIvor River area near Hope Vale. He also has family ties to the Western Guguu Yalanji people from the Quinkan Reserve, Maytown and Split Rock areas near the township of Laura. He grew up in Hope Vale Aboriginal Community speaking the Guguu Yimithirr language of his mother’s people.
Derek says: "My artworks are heavily influenced by the spirituality of my people. I was never taught to paint in the traditional fashion but draw my inspiration from the stories and depictions of the many spirit creatures and entities that inhabit the country of the Guguu Yimithirr and Guguu Yalanji peoples. I was told many of the stories of these spirit beings by my tribal grandfathers and other elders while growing up in this region. I remember many happy days and evenings seated at the feet of my grandfathers as they told their stories of the spirit beings and their roles in creating, forming and shaping the world of my peoples in the time referred to as the ‘Dreamtime’. Some of my artworks also depict the hunting and gathering stories told by my grandfathers and grandmothers of long ago."