Rerrkirrwanga Munungurr

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NATURAL EARTH PIGMENTS ON BARK, 31.8 x 20"

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Born: c1946
Moiety: Dhuwa
Clan: Rirratjingu, Miliwurrwurr group

Rerrkirrwanga commenced painting alongside her mother, Nongirrnga Marawili and sister, Marrnyula Munugurr by filling-in sections of her father’s expansive bark paintings. This painting represents the life-sustaining freshwater that surrounds the Djapu clan’s homelands. The rains, inspired by the actions of the ancestors, feed the rivers and fill the billabongs. Catfish, mussels and crayfish feed the Yolngu and wildlife. The grid refers to the landscape - a network of billabongs surrounded by ridges and high banks. Structurally it can also be seen as woven fish traps. The artist is ‘playing’ with the sacred design to create a completely new pattern.