In Profile: Lila Creek

Bana Yirriji Art Centre

Lila was born in Mossman in 1952, and has been an avid artist with Bana Yirriji for over six years. Lila has a very large family with four children, three step-children, 21 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. Lila says of her family, “I love going out with the family to the beach hunting for food and having a fire with damper”.

Lila’s mother’s people come from the Kuku Nyungkul clan of the Shipton Flat/ Helenvale area. Her father belongs to the Kaanju tribe of Coen.

Lila has participated in many group exhibitions over the past few years including Cape York Art in Cooktown, the Darwin and Cairns Art Fairs, and most recently the Endeavour Voyage exhibition at the National Museum of Australia.

Lila works across a mixture of mediums such as painting, screen-printing, and jewelry. Lila says of her work, “I have been making art for a few years now and love bright colours as they make me feel happy. I paint, print, make jewelry and love all textile art.”

Speaking about her Baral (Tracks) artwork, Lila says, “The Bubu, our country is like a storybook. Baral - tracks can tell you what animal is travelling. If it is Kurriyala the snake, Walkarr the lizard or Kadar the wallaby. This is how we know what is around to hunt for food. The Waybala, whitefella has bought new tracks into our country, Mudaka - motorcar and plenty of Bulki - cattle.”

I have been making art for a few years now and love bright colours as they make me feel happy.

Lila Creek

Main image credit: Lila Creek. Image: Bana Yirriji Art Centre

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