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Tricia Van Der-Kuyp (Wiradjuri), Monarch budyabudya II

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mixed media, cardboard, 2023


The word budyabudya, means moth or butterfly in the Wiradjuri language. The word Monarch means a sovereign head of state, especially a king or queen. The message reads: "We are First Nations people, stolen ones displaced, resilient fighters strong proud, we aren’t the jewel in your crown. We are the ones who stood here first." The black budyabudya’s represent the First Nations people, the white budyabudya’s the skeletons. The black and orange budyabudya’s the Monarch. The Monarch budyabudya dominates and smothers parts of the message, keeping it oppressed and hidden in parts.


Artist Bio:

Tricia "Vandal" Van Der-Kuyp is a proud Wiradjuri woman and Melbourne-based artist / Bundadhaany. She creates mixed media artworks, including large scale public artworks and has had hew artwork displayed on a Melbourne Art Tram, augmented reality public artworks in Melbourne CBD and has had her art on display throughout community art trails around Victoria that have decorated, a sculpture, seats, a barbecue, as well as a car parking space and gallery door with her pop up murals, and traffic signal boxes.

Vandal's artwork is distinctive, bold, energetic and full of imagination, love and whimsy. Vandal also exhibits artworks in galleries and runs workshops where she takes participants through her creative practices, her motto is “Art Has No Rules!” ​