Yalanba Waṉambi | Gurka’wuy
"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
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
Natural pigments on eucalyptus bark
77 9/16 x 26 49/64 x 1 31/32
197 x 68 x 5
Forthcoming acquisition. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia. The 2017-19 Kluge-Ruhe Maḏayin Commission.
About The Artist
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.