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Title

Waŋupini

2017


Artist

Nawurapu Wunuŋmurra

Australia

1952 - 14 Mar 2018

Language group

Yolngu


About

“The sun rises and sets, painting the clouds. The spirits are born and die, to be reborn once more. Makassan friends from Indonesia visit for trade, arriving with the northern monsoon and departing on the winds associated with bulunu (the south-east cloud formations that bring rain). This painting charts the Djapana song cycle (Djapana means ‘sunset’ in Yolŋu matha or language, and ‘farewell’ in Bugis, an Indonesian dialect). The anvil and triangular shapes are clouds, pregnant women and the sails of red prau (an Indonesian fishing boat). This takes place at the marŋarr (an ancestral Makassan port) in Nawurapu Wunuŋmurra’s Dhalwaŋu clan at Gurrumuru, upstream from Arnhem Bay. He died days after submitting this work (for the 2018 Wynne Prize). He declined medical treatment, confident of returning.”


Details


Date

2017


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

175.0 x 73.0 cm


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors’ Group 2018


Location

Not on display


Accession number

242.2018


Artist information

Nawurapu Wunuŋmurra

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
North-east Arnhem Land, Yirrkala