I love going home to Gunai/Kurnai Country and connecting with both the land I live on and the land I come from. I am always interested in challenging myself as an artist.
My name is Emmy Webbers (aka Wurruck Yambo). I was born and raised within the Kulin Nations of Victoria predominately on Bunurong and Wurundjeri Countries. I love going home to Gunai/Kurnai Country and connecting with both the land I live on and the land I come from. I am always interested in challenging myself as an artist, I like to try new things and see the end results. I am really proud of my wooden sculptures as they are so versatile and unique and they truly were the beginning of Wurruck Yambo. I also worked on the Belgrave Library mural, which was a really special moment in my career as I got the chance to work in collaboration with another artist I really admire to create something truly beautiful.
I have been incredibly lucky to grow up strong within my Gunai/Kurnai culture and have also been accepted and learnt within the Bunurong and Wurundjeri cultures while living within their Countries. Every piece I create is inspired by my culture in some way, either from being on Country and the incredible visuals and feelings it creates, or through my children, seeing how they interact with our culture and finding ways I can explore through their eyes. I am lucky to have a strong community around me that has so many children and I always find the way they connect to Country and culture is what grows our communities. Children are such an amazing inspiration within this space as they are sponges with no boundaries and seeing how they connect and relate to our Elders is always an uplifting and wholesome experience.
My art is really broad, covering canvas, murals, digital art and hand-cut and painted wooden sculptures. I don’t think there was ever a moment where I was like, “this is what I want to be” - I have just always loved it and it grew naturally over time into what I do today and I hope to keep growing. I will never be able to fully put into words how it feels when my work is being enjoyed but it is honestly one of the best feelings, its pride, joy, humbling and wonder all mixed together.