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Title

Fish trap at Wandawuy


Artist

Nonggirrnga Marawili

Australia

circa 1939 -

Language group

Madarrpa, 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. Their works showcase the ongoing cultural inheritance and innovation in Yirrkala. Nonggirrngga Marawili is central to this group and spent many years assisting her husband with the cross-hatching on his works before working independantly on her own works.

Her larrakitj 'Fishtrap at Wandawuy' 2013 depict the gridded fishtrap design associated with the freshwaters of the Djapu clan at 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.


Details


Date

2013


Materials used

natural pigments on wood


Dimensions

208.0 x 13.0 x 13.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Tony Gilbert Bequest Fund 2013


Accession number

108.2013


Artist information

Nonggirrnga Marawili

Works in the collection

6


Place

Where the work was made
Yirrkala

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history