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Lightning and Sea Spray



Noŋgirrŋa Marawili


circa 1939 –

Language group: Madarrpa, Arnhem region

Alternate image of Lightning and Sea Spray by Noŋgirrŋa Marawili
Alternate image of Lightning and Sea Spray by Noŋgirrŋa Marawili
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Yirrkala North-east Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    243.0 x 70.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Wendy Barron Bequest Fund 2015
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Noŋgirrŋa Marawili courtesy Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Art Centre

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    Artist information
    Noŋgirrŋa Marawili

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Noŋgirrŋa Marawili comes from an esteemed artistic family, her father is the renowned Yolŋu leader Mundukul, who made crayon drawing for the anthropologist Ronald Berndt in 1947. For many years Marawili assisted her husband Djutjadjutja Munuŋgurr, 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.

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    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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