Nongirrna Marawili: From My Heart and Mind

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Cara Pinchbeck, Henry F. Skerritt
Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2018 - Art - 128 pages

Noŋgirrŋa Marawili is one of the most distinctive Aboriginal artists working today. From her home in Yirrkala, Marawili has revolutionized the art of northeastern Arnhem Land while adhering to cultural protocols. In her prints, drawings and paintings - on paper, board, bark, larakitj, and aluminium - Marawili captures the landscape, radically transformed and reimagined in a very personal artistic vision. Her interest is in the atmospheric effects created as country is brought to life through the movement of wind, water, or unseen forces. She is not simply documenting sites of importance, she is capturing the dynamism of a living landscape, as she connects with the sentience of country.

Noŋgirrŋa Marawili: From My Heart and Mind presents the span of Marawili's career and offers an insight into her unique approach. Through stunning images, insightful essays, and an interview with the artist, this book highlights the strength of Marawili's practice and her important contribution to the art of Australia.

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About the author (2018)

Cara Pinchbeck is senior curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. A member of the Kamilaroi community, she has curated over twenty exhibitions. Henry F. Skerritt is the Mellon curator of the Indigenous arts of Australia at the Kluge?Ruhe Aboriginal art collection of the University of Virginia. Djambawa Marawili AM, the brother of No?girr?a Marawili, is one of the most important Aboriginal leaders in Australia. A statesman and ceremonial leader, Djambawa is also an acclaimed artist, with works included in numerous exhibitions, including the Sydney Biennale and the Istanbul Biennale. Kade McDonald is the managing director of Durrmu Arts Aboriginal corporation and was the coordinator for Buku?Larr?gay Mulka Arts and Cultural Centre from 2010-16.

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