Explore environment, place and colour

Leading Yolŋu artist Noŋgirrŋa Marawili was born in 1939 at Darrpirra, north of Djarrakpi (Cape Shield) and today lives in Yirrkala in north-east Arnhem Land. Using organic shapes, natural and synthetic materials, Marawili reflects her understanding of her culture, history and environment in her bark paintings, prints and larrakitj (painted hollow logs).

Documenting sites on Country, Marawili captures the atmospheric effects of wind, water and lightning using residual magenta ink from cast-off printer cartridges mixed with natural pigments.

Marawili also draws inspiration from Baratjala (a Madarrpa clan estate adjacent to Djarrakpi) where she camped as a child with her father.

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Noŋgirrŋa Marawili, Madarrpa clan, Yolŋu people, Northern Territory, born c.1938, Darrpirra, Northern Territory, Lightning, 2017, Yirrkala, Northern Territory, earth pigments on stringybark (Eucalyptus tetrodonta), 214.0 x 77.0 cm; Acquisition through Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art supported by BHP 2018, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, © Noŋgirrŋa Marawili/Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre.

Place and Environment

Be inspired by atmospheric effects

Making & Responding

Create a unique stencil inspired by Noŋgirrŋa Marawili

Education Resources

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