Yalanba Waṉambi | Gurka’wuy

Yalanba Waṉambi

Gurka’wuy, 2017

Gurka’wuy

Clan

Marrakulu

Clan

Wuyal

"All our song cycles start from the horizon, in the deep sea. The song cycles for the Djapu’ and Marrakulu clans, who are related to each other as märi (grandmother) and gutharra (grandchild), follow the current that comes from Burralku, out in the deep sea. The names of the waters are Wuḻamba, Wuywu, and Barrkanytji, breaking on the shore, roaring together. The currents bring the water, märi and gutharra, and the waters hit that rock named Bamurruŋu, then clash, roaring into the land. We sing of this in the song cycle. Our power comes from the deep ocean waters, which crash upon the rocks at Gurka’wuy."

– Wukuṉ Waṉambi

More Info

Yalanba Waṉambi is the younger brother of Wukuṉ Waṉambi. Like his brother, his works center on the Marrakulu waters of Gurka’wuy, as they flow in from the deep ocean, mixing with the waters of the Djapu and Dhapuyngu clans crashing upon the sacred rock Bamurruŋu. Yalanaba encrusts his bark with the black sand found only at the beach Yalanba, after which he is named.


– Henry Skerritt and Kade McDonald

Additional Information

Decade

2017

Medium

Natural pigments on eucalyptus bark

Dimensions (IN)

77 9/16 x 26 49/64 x 1 31/32

Dimensions (CM)

197 x 68 x 5

Credit

Forthcoming acquisition. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia. The 2017-19 Kluge-Ruhe Maḏayin Commission.

Clan

Marrakulu

The Marrakulu clan’s homeland is Gurka’wuy, a village on the northern shores of Trial Bay....

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Narrative

Wuyal

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Location

Gurka’wuy

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Location

2010

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About The Artist

Clan

Dates

Born 1973

Alternative Names

Yalanba Waṉambi

The son of Mithili Waṉambi, Yalanba Waṉambi was included in the 2008 exhibition Young Guns II at the Annandale Galleries in Sydney, from which the National Gallery of Australia acquired the major bark painting Two Rocks in Trial Bay (2007). His works are distinguished by their use of black sand taken from the beach, Yalanba, for which the artist is named.