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NONGGIRRNGA MARAWILI - BARATJALA: SEA SPRAY AND LIGHTNING STRIKE (BARKS AND LARRAKITJ)

21-Nov-2018 - 21-Dec-2018
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Nonggirrnga Marawili is regarded as one of the most important artists working at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka at Yirrkala in the Northern Territory. Her highly sophisticated bark paintings, Larrakitj, works on paper and prints reflect an engrained, natural understanding of her culture, history and environment. This new body of paintings includes ochre and pigment paint on paper with a striking use of pink for the first time in her long career, together with more traditional works of natural ochre and earth pigments, as she creates fluid, organic patterns that allude to her strong familial ties.  

In creating this remarkable exhibition Nonggirrnga drew inspiration from Baratjala, a Madarrpa clan estate on the mainland adjacent to Cape Shield, Northern Territory. Despite living nomadically, the artist camped at Baratjala as a young girl with her father, a Madarrpa warrior, and his wives. Nonggirrnga felt a special connection to this place, returning to Baratjala after the creation of these paintings. 

Some of the designs show the rock set in deep water between the electric ‘curse’ that the snake spits into the sky in the form of lightning, and the spray of the sea trying to shift the immovable rock foundation of the Madarrpa. Yurr’yunna is the word used to describe the rough waves overtopping the rock and the spray flying into the sky. It is said that the serpents ‘spit’ lightning, or guykthun…These works show the sanctifying words being spat across the sky in lightning form. The lightning’s sacred power hits the sea spray rising from where it has just smashed into the rock. The energies captured in this painting are almost a match for those in the real life of a Top End Wet Season.

Nonggirrnga Marawili’s already extraordinary career reached new heights in 2017 with her work being featured in significant exhibitions including Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia, Who’s Afraid of Colour at the National Gallery of Victoria and TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Her work features in important collections and major institutions in Australia and abroad including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo.

Nonggirrnga Marawilli will have a major solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, From my Heart and Mind 3 November 2018 – 24 February 2019 that will span the artist’s career with a focus on the last five years. 

Alcaston Gallery would like to thank Will Stubbs, David Wickens and all the artists and staff at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka, Yirrkala, NT. 

NONGGIRRNGA MARAWILI - BARATJALA: SEA SPRAY AND LIGHTNING STRIKE (WORKS ON PAPER)

21-Nov-2018 - 21-Dec-2018
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Nonggirrnga Marawili is regarded as one of the most important artists working at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka at Yirrkala in the Northern Territory. Her highly sophisticated bark paintings, Larrakitj, works on paper and prints reflect an engrained, natural understanding of her culture, history and environment. This new body of paintings includes ochre and pigment paint on paper with a striking use of pink for the first time in her long career, together with more traditional works of natural ochre and earth pigments, as she creates fluid, organic patterns that allude to her strong familial ties.  

In creating this remarkable exhibition Nonggirrnga drew inspiration from Baratjala, a Madarrpa clan estate on the mainland adjacent to Cape Shield, Northern Territory. Despite living nomadically, the artist camped at Baratjala as a young girl with her father, a Madarrpa warrior, and his wives. Nonggirrnga felt a special connection to this place, returning to Baratjala after the creation of these paintings. 

Some of the designs show the rock set in deep water between the electric ‘curse’ that the snake spits into the sky in the form of lightning, and the spray of the sea trying to shift the immovable rock foundation of the Madarrpa. Yurr’yunna is the word used to describe the rough waves overtopping the rock and the spray flying into the sky. It is said that the serpents ‘spit’ lightning, or guykthun…These works show the sanctifying words being spat across the sky in lightning form. The lightning’s sacred power hits the sea spray rising from where it has just smashed into the rock. The energies captured in this painting are almost a match for those in the real life of a Top End Wet Season.

Nonggirrnga Marawili’s already extraordinary career reached new heights in 2017 with her work being featured in significant exhibitions including Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia, Who’s Afraid of Colour at the National Gallery of Victoria and TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Her work features in important collections and major institutions in Australia and abroad including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo.

Nonggirrnga Marawilli will have a major solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, From my Heart and Mind 3 November 2018 – 24 February 2019 that will span the artist’s career with a focus on the last five years. 

Alcaston Gallery would like to thank Will Stubbs, David Wickens and all the artists and staff at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka, Yirrkala, NT. 

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