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An image of Ngak Ngak by Ginger Riley Munduwalawala

Ginger Riley Munduwalawala

(Australia circa 1936 – 01 Sep 2002)

Language group
Marra, Gulf region
Title
Ngak Ngak, from the portfolio Crossroads
Place of origin
NgukurrSouth East Arnhem LandNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Year
(1997)
Media category
Print
Materials used
screenprint
Edition
10/99
Dimensions

43.0 x 59.0 cm image; 56.0 x 76.0 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.l. corner, pencil "GINGER RILEY". Not dated.
Credit
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1999
Accession number
62.1999.5
Copyright
© Estate Ginger Riley Munduwalawala, Courtesy of Alcaston Gallery
Location
Not on display
Further information

The white-breasted sea eagle, ngak ngak, is often shown singly or as a repeated image in Ginger's work; he acts as sentinel looking around Ginger's mother's country.

Ginger believes his country is inhabited by totemic beings, in the form of snakes, birds, and ancestral people. Past and present integrate. The ceremonies, as they are performed and explained, establiseh his kinship with this country.

Ginger treats his totems, in the western sense, as heraldic devices. His stories are his own, but the written interpretation is ours.

[extract from "Crossroads - A Portfolio of Australian Aboriginal Artists"]

Bibliography (1)

21C Pty Limited (Compilator), Crossroads: Millennium Portfolio of Australian Aboriginal Artists, Sydney, 1999, colour illus..

Exhibition history (2)

Crossroads: Millenium Portfolio of Australian Aboriginal Artists, Sherman Galleries, Paddington, 18 Feb 1999–06 Mar 1999

Another Country, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Jul 1999–02 Apr 2000