Nongirrna Marawili

Lightning and the Rock

NATURAL EARTH PIGMENTS ON BARK, 48.8 x 22"

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Born: c1939
Moiety: Yirritja
Clan: Madarrpa, Yithuwa

Nongirrnga is a highly respected elder in her community. Along with her daughters, Marrnyula and Rerrkirrwanga, Nongirrnga spent many years assisting her husband, Djapu statesman, Djutjadjutja Munungurr, with the rarrk (crosshatching) infill on his commanding barks. After his passing, Nongirrnga began painting for herself. She paints her husband’s Djapu, her mother’s Galpu and her own Madarrpa clan’s designs on barks and larrakitj (ceremonial poles).  Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art centre coordinator, Will Stubbs describes Nongirrnga: ‘she paints like a plant grows…there are no straight lines, even when that is all that the design consists of.’