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J.D. Penangke
Yandilup

J.D. Penangke – Yandilup

Yandilup is an outdoor mural painting by artist J.D. Penangke commissioned for PICA’s new entrance. Titled after the Noongar name of the low lying wetlands area where PICA is located, this new site-specific work builds on J.D.’s extensive body of murals and public art across Boorloo (Perth).

J.D. Penangke is a Whadjuk, Balladong, Arrernte woman from Boorloo. A contemporary practitioner of traditional culture, she is passionate about making a change through art and uses her practice to celebrate Aboriginal people’s millennia-long connection to Country. Much of her work focuses on the wetlands and the cultural and environmental implications of losing native habitats. J.D. Penangke is Jade Dolman’s pseudonym – made from her initials and Penangke, her skin name which was inherited from her father.

About the Artist

J.D. Penangke is a Whadjuk, Ballardong, Arrernte woman from Boorloo (Perth). She has been a practising mural artist since 2016. In 2023, she undertook a glassblowing residency at Kost Boda, Sweden and learnt clay wheel and hand-building processes in Boorloo. She has completed several public art projects, embarked on many mural collaborations, and was awarded the Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Indigenous Emerging Business Forum. In 2024, J.D. presented her first solo exhibition, Boybidi | Smoke Trails, at Blank Walls Studio, Boorloo.

J.D. are her initials (Jade Dolman) and Penangke is the skin name which was inherited from her father’s bloodline in Mparntwe (Alice Springs). J.D.’s Arrernte connection is through her grandmother, Sylvia Neale. On her mother’s side, J.D.’s grandfather, Cedric Jacobs, who was a proud Noongar elder and leader in the community.

 


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