Botha Kimmikimmi (Hirokiki)


Born: c.1941
Language Group: Ömie
Clan: Sahuoté
Lives and works: Jiapa village, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea
Medium: natural pigments on nioge (women's barkcloth skirts)



Botha Kimmkimmi (Hirorkiki) was born in 1941, ten years before the eruption of Huvaemo (Mount Lamington). Her father was Teedulé and her mother was Moroja, both Ematé clanspeople from Duharenu village. Botha’s mother passed away when she was young and she was adopted by the Kimmikimmi family, growing up at Jiapa village. Here she was taught to paint by Moira Kimmkimmi, her mother-in-law. She was taught distinctive Ömie designs such as dahoru’e - Ömie mountains, tuböru une - eggs of the Dwarf Cassowary and sabu ahe - spots of the wood-boring grub. Her work was featured on the exhibition poster for the landmark exhibition of Ömie barkcloth paintings Wisdom of the Mountain: Art of the Ömie at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. She is married to Dropmus Kimmikimmi and together they have two children. 


Balai, Sana; Modjeska, Drusilla; and Ryan, Judith, Wisdom of the Mountain: Art of the Ömie, National Gallery of Victoria International, Melbourne 2009
Signature Art Prize 2011: Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation, Singapore Art Museum, 2011


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, UK
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand