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Title

Milngiyawuy

2013

Artist

Naminapu Maymuru-White

Australia

20 Jul 1952 –

Language group: Manggalili, Arnhem region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Yirrkala North-east Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Manggalili, Djarrakpi/Yirrkala, Arnhem region
    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
    Copyright
    © Naminapu Maymuru-White

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    Works in the collection

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Yirrkala

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Under the Stars, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 21 Mar 2020–07 Feb 2021

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