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Title

Merman

2016


Artist

Guykuḏa Munuŋgurr

Australia

20 Sep 1966 -

Language group

Yolŋu, Arnhem region


About

Documentation for this work states;
“This work depicts a Merman which is completely the product of the artist’s imagination and bears no connection to Yolŋu Law or culture. When asked about the underlying meaning he denied any. He said: “It's just art.” The merman is sitting atop a blue ring octopus which is itself sitting on a rock.”


Details


Date

2016


Media categories

Woodwork , Sculpture


Materials used

natural pigments, shells, shark vertebra and kurrajong bark on wood


Dimensions

199.0 x 38.0 x 30.0 cm


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2020


Location

Not on display


Accession number

166.2020


Artist information

Guykuḏa Munuŋgurr

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


  • Archie Plus, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Sep 2020–07 Mar 2021