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Title

Yathikpa

2013

Artist

Noŋgirrŋa Marawili

Australia

circa 1939 -

Language group

Madarrpa, Arnhem region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Yirrkala North-east Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Madarrpa, Yirrkala, Arnhem region
    Date
    2013
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    Dimensions
    213.0 x 88.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Mollie Gowing Acquisition fund for Contemporary Aboriginal art 2014
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    27.2014
    Copyright
    © Noŋgirrŋa Marawili courtesy Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Art Centre

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  • About

    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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Yirrkala

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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