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Title

Lightning and Sea Spray

2014


Artist

Noŋgirrŋa Marawili

Australia

circa 1939 -

Language group

Madarrpa, Arnhem region


About

Noŋgirrŋa Marawili comes from an esteemed artistic family, her father is the renowned Yolngu leader Mundukul, who made crayon drawing for the anthropologist Ronald Berndt in 1947. For many years Marawili assisted her husband Djutjadjutja Mununggurr, by painting the cross hatching for his works. Marawili began her individual artistic practice as a printmaker, but in later years she has refined her skills in painting to become one of the most unique artists working at Yirrkala today.

This diamond design (miny’tji) featured in 'Lightning and Sea Spray' 2014 relates to the clan designs for the saltwater estate of Yathikpa. The net disintegrates in the centre of the work as the edges transform into the sea spray that travels through the air, as the ocean crashes over the large rock formation situated in this body of water. These dotted lines of sea spray may also be synonymous with the gamata or sea grass that dugongs feed upon, and the lightning created by Mundukul, the serpent that lies in these waters.


Details


Cultural origin

Yirrkala


Date

2014


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

243.0 x 70.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Wendy Barron Bequest Fund 2015


Accession number

118.2015


Artist information

Noŋgirrŋa Marawili

Works in the collection

25


Place

Where the work was made
Yirrkala

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history