Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre

Goanna (String Figure) - Marrnyula Munungurr (52 x 54cm)

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Located 700km east of Darwin in Yirrkala, a small Aboriginal community in North Eastern Arnhem Land, Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre is a First Nations owned and run hub of creativity. Prints & Poles is a showcase of this creativity, featuring an array of larrakitj and works on paper including a selection of etchings, which highlight the culturally rich and diverse practice of Yolŋu artists.  

Buku-Larrŋgay – “the feeling on your face as it is struck by the first rays of the sun” 
Mulka – “a sacred but public ceremony”  

This is the third series of prints made as a result of the Yirrkala community’s reconnection with matjka – a field of knowledge retention passed down through the use of string figures. Marrnyula has rendered biyay – goanna. First the string was made from the pounded and softened inner bark of Darraŋguḻk (Kurrajong) and then separated fibres are twined on the thigh and the retwined into a two-ply string. In Yirrkala, the string figures were transferred by the artists from their hands to cardboard supports and then using a soft-ground etching technique pressed, leaving an imprint capturing the fine textured detail of the bush string. Title: Garrimala

Title: Goanna (String Figure)
Artist: Marrnyula Munungurr 
Medium: Etching
Dimensions (cm): 52 x 54cm (Incl Frame), paper: 39 x 41cm
Frame: White Grain Glass Frame
Catalogue Number: 3370-19, Edition 2/10

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