circa 1939 -
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. Nonggirrngga 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.
natural pigments on bark
138.5 x 91.0 cm (irreg.)
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2014
Not on display
© Nongirrnga Marawili courtesy Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 1 publication
Nonggirrnga Marawili Yathikpa, Melbourne, 2014.