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Title

Baratjala

2018

Artist

Noŋgirrŋa Marawili

Australia

circa 1939 -

Language group

Madarrpa, Arnhem region

  • Details

    Other Title
    Baratjula
    Place where the work was made
    Yirrkala North-east Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Madarrpa, Arnhem region
    Date
    2018
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments and synthetic polymer paint on paper
    Dimensions
    61.0 x 46.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Wendy Barron Bequest Fund 2018
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    109.2018
    Copyright
    © Noŋgirrŋa Marawili, courtesy Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Art Centre

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  • About

    Noŋgirrŋa Marawili paints with courage and conviction. Her commanding works are imbued with an immense knowledge of Country rendered with passion. Hers is not an art of precision and exactidude, but one of verve and vigour. Noŋgirrŋa is interested in the atmospheric effects created as Country is brought to life through the movement of wind, water or unseen forces. She is not just documenting sites in Country, but capturing the dynamism of a living landscape.

    Marawili began her career as a printmaker, but in recent years has further honed her skills in painting and dramatically altered her practice. Marawili paints alongside Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu at Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka in Yirrkala and together these ladies are forging a new identity for painting in the region. Within painting traditions of north-eastern Arnhem Land, the continual reduction of imagery in Marawili’s work and the restraint she shows in retaining bold areas of background painting, devoid of detailing, are courageous. While Marawili does not break with tradition, she certainly pushes at its boundaries.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Yirrkala

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