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Naminapu Maymuru-White

(Australia 20 Jul 1952 – )

Language group
Manggalili, Arnhem region
Place of origin
YirrkalaNorth-east Arnhem LandNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Cultural origin
Manggalili, Djarrakpi/Yirrkala, Arnhem region
Media categories
Sculpture, Woodwork
Materials used
natural pigments on wood

197.0 x 30.0 x 25.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Tony Gilbert Bequest Fund 2013
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

In recent years a strong group of female artists have emerged within the Yirrkala community. These women have been instructed in painting by their fathers and grandfathers and taught designs that have previously been the domain of men. Naminapu-Maymrur is among the first to have been taught these designs and to have used them in her works. However, 'Milngiyawuy' 2013 marks a shift in her practice as she eliminates these details from her works creating her own ways of representing her clan identity. Her works highlight the innovation that is possible within the strict guidelines of cultural inheritance.

'Milngiyawuy' 2013 refers to the cycle of the Manggalili clan spirit which lies within the Malngiyawuy River before and after its mortal existences which correlates to the Milky Way in an astral dimension.