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Title

Milngiyawuy


Artist

Naminapu Maymuru-White

Australia

20 Jul 1952 -

Language group

Manggalili, Arnhem region


About

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.


Details


Date

2013


Media categories

Sculpture , Woodwork


Materials used

natural pigments on wood


Dimensions

174.0 x 21 x 23.5 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Tony Gilbert Bequest Fund 2013


Location

Not on display


Accession number

103.2013


Artist information

Naminapu Maymuru-White

Works in the collection

4


Place

Where the work was made
Yirrkala