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Title

Biḏ’yunawuy miṉḏirr (painted conical basket)

2021

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Milingimbi Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Date
    2021
    Media category
    Weaving
    Materials used
    natural pigments on pandanus (Pandanus spiralis) and kurrajong (Brachychiton populneus)
    Dimensions
    26.0 x 13.0 x 12.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Commissioned with funds provided by the Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2021
    Location
    Naala Badu, ground level, Yiribana Gallery
    Accession number
    151.2022
    Copyright
    © Helen Ganalmirriwuy/Copyright Agency

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    Helen Ganalmirriwuy Garrawurra

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  • About

    The word Biḏi’yun, which forms part of the title of this artwork, means to apply colour, typically by painting or rubbing. This technique of rubbing natural pigments into fibre objects or fixing pigments onto the surface of weavings with plant sap was the predominant approach until the late 20th century when it was largely replaced with immersion dyeing.
    Helen Ganalmirriwuy Garrawurra has studied historical bathi or baskets in institutional collection and she pays homage to these works in ‘Biḏi’yunawuy miṉḏirr (painted conical basket)’ 2021. Ganalmirriwuy’s signature Garrawurra miny’tji (clan design) of bold black and white bands covers the work. The colours reference the Dhuwa moiety Gurrumattji or magpie goose. This is not a ceremonial miny’tji, but rather Ganalmirriwuy’s own invention.
    This text draws heavily on the artwork certificate provided by Milingimbi Art and Culture.

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    Where the work was made

    Milingimbi

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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