sabbia gallery

Ceramics, Glass + Fibre

Rupert Jack

Ceramic Artist, APY Lands, South Australia, Australia

A story about Maku (witchetty grub) is as vast and winding as their tracks depicted in my artwork.  It’s a story that I need to hold onto, to keep it safe. It’s important for me to keep some of these stories a secret, so I will tell a safe version that isn’t dangerous for you to hear. I will tell it from another perspective. I’ll be smart about it!!

These important stories like this Maku Tjukurpa inform my artwork and help Anangu to understand our history.  Maku is important for Anangu as a source of good food and also shows us an example of how beings can evolve and grow in positive ways. If the Maku travel underground for a long time they eventually make it out of the root systems of those trees and grow Nyalpi (wings) and start a new way of being. They evolve. They shed their old ways and become new again.

As a pastor, I can see strong connections between our Tjukurpa and the Bible. Long before Jesus, there was Tjukurpa and God together. I can see that God was always with us, in our stories; Jesus came later. I am trying to pass all this knowledge on to our young people to keep our stories alive. We need to hold on tight to Tjukurpa; to keep it safe.