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An image of Djapu by Marrnyula Mununggurr

Marrnyula Mununggurr

(Australia  – )

Title
Djapu
Place of origin
YirrkalaNorth-east Arnhem LandNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Cultural origin
Djapu, Wandawuy/Yirrkala, Arnhem region
Year
2013
Media categories
Sculpture, Woodwork
Materials used
natural pigments on wood
Dimensions

262.0 x 15.0 x 17.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Tony Gilbert bequest Fund 2013
Accession number
105.2013
Copyright
© Marrnyula Mununggurr, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, Yirrkala
Location
Yiribana Gallery
Further information

Marrnyula Mununggurr is among the generation of exceptional female artists working at Yirrkala who have been taught to paint by their fathers and grandfathers and are now painting many of the sites and designs that would once have been the sole domain of men. Mununggurr was instructed in painting by her father, Djutjadjutja Mununggurr and now works closely with her mother, Nonggirrnga Marawili, also an artist. Mununggurr began her career as a printmaker and was for many years the senior printmaker at Yirrkala Printspace. Her attention to detail, consistency in application and clarity of design are informed by this experience.

The strong grid pattern dominating 'Djapu' 2013 refers to the Djapu clan site of Wandawuy. This outstation is surrounded by permanent freshwater and is associated with both Mäna, the ancestral shark and Bol'ngu the thunderman. Rains inspired by the actions of Bol'ngu feed the rivers and fill the billabongs, resulting in a rich sea life that is a home for mäna. The grid refers to the landscape of the site, a network of billabongs surrounded by ridges and high banks and also relates to the grid of a woven fish trap set here by ancestral hunters.

Exhibition history (1)

Our spirits lie in the water, 15 Nov 2014–01 Nov 2015