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Title

Garrimala

2014

Artist

Malaluba Gumana

Australia

1952 - 17 Feb 2020

Language group

Dhalwangu, Arnhem region

Alternate image of Garrimala by Malaluba Gumana
Alternate image of Garrimala by Malaluba Gumana
Alternate image of Garrimala by Malaluba Gumana
Alternate image of Garrimala by Malaluba Gumana
Alternate image of Garrimala by Malaluba Gumana
Alternate image of Garrimala by Malaluba Gumana
Alternate image of Garrimala by Malaluba Gumana
Alternate image of Garrimala by Malaluba Gumana
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Yirrkala North-east Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Dhalwangu/Arnhem region
    Date
    2014
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on board
    Dimensions
    121.0 x 121.0 cm
    Credit
    Wendy Barron Bequest Fund 2015
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    249.2015
    Copyright
    © Malaluba Gumana, courtesy Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, Yirrkala.

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    'Garrimala' 2014 refers to a billabong close to Malaluba Gumana’s homeland of Gängan. Dominating the work are realistic representations of dhatam, the waterlily plant. Delicate miny’tji (clan designs) are set behind these graceful forms to represent djari (rainbows) and the power of lightning infused within them.

    Garrimala is particularly imporant to Gumana’s mother’s Galpu clan and is connected to Wititj (an olive python commonly referred to as the rainbow serpent). Djayku (the Javanese filesnake) is a companion and possible alternate incarnation of Wititj and lives amongst the dhatam, causing ripples or rainbows on the surface of the water. The sun shining on the scales of Wititj also give the appearance of rainbows. Wititj is associated with the beginning of the wet season when square shaped clouds begin to form and lightning strikes are common.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Yirrkala

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Sentient lands, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Jun 2016–08 Oct 2017

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