- Place where the work was made
North-east Arnhem Land
- Cultural origin
- Madarrpa, Yirrkala, Arnhem region
- Media category
- Bark painting
- Materials used
- natural pigments on bark
- 213.0 x 88.0 cm
- Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
- Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2014
- Yiribana Gallery
- Accession number
- © Noŋgirrŋa Marawili courtesy Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Art Centre
- Artist information
Works in the collection
In recent years a strong group of female artists have emerged within the Yirrkala community. These women have been instructed in painting by their fathers and grandfathers and taught designs that have previously been the domain of men. Their works showcase the ongoing cultural inheritance and innovation in Yirrkala. Noŋgirrŋa Marawili is central to this group and spent many years assisting her husband with the cross-hatching on his works before working independently on her own works.
Marawili began her career as a printmaker, but in recent years has further refined her skills in painting to become one of the most unique artists working at Yirrkala today. In 'Yathikpa' 2013 Marawili represents fire burning backwards across country. The graduation of colour within the work are quite deliberate and are achieved through the mixing of various combinations of ochre. These subtle shifts enhance the sense of movement within the work.
Where the work was made
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Nonggirrnga Marawili Yathikpa, Alcaston Gallery, Fitzroy, 14 Jan 2014–14 Feb 2014
Our spirits lie in the water, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Nov 2014–01 Nov 2015
Noŋgirrŋa Marawili: from my heart and mind, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Nov 2018–24 Feb 2019
Gallery 1: Yiribana Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, North Building, Sydney, 03 Dec 2022–2023
Referenced in 1 publication
Alcaston Gallery (Compilator), Nonggirrnga Marawili Yathikpa, Melbourne, 2014.
Other works by Noŋgirrŋa Marawili
See all 25 works