An image of Garrimala

Malaluba Gumana

(Australia 1952 – )

Community
Gangan, Arnhem region
Language group
Dhalwangu, Arnhem region

Garrimala

Location
Not on display
Further information

'Garrimala' 2014 refers to a billabong close to Malaluba Gumana’s homeland of Gängan. Dominating the work are realistic representations of dhatam, the waterlily plant. Delicate miny’tji (clan designs) are set behind these graceful forms to represent djari (rainbows) and the power of lightning infused within them.

Garrimala is particularly imporant to Gumana’s mother’s Galpu clan and is connected to Wititj (an olive python commonly referred to as the rainbow serpent). Djayku (the Javanese filesnake) is a companion and possible alternate incarnation of Wititj and lives amongst the dhatam, causing ripples or rainbows on the surface of the water. The sun shining on the scales of Wititj also give the appearance of rainbows. Wititj is associated with the beginning of the wet season when square shaped clouds begin to form and lightning strikes are common.

Place of origin
Yirrkala, North-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Cultural origin
Dhalwangu/Arnhem region
Year
2014
Media
Painting
Medium
natural pigments on board
Dimensions
121.0 x 121.0 cm
Credit
Wendy Barron Bequest Fund 2015
Accession number
249.2015
Copyright
© Malaluba Gumana, courtesy Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, Yirrkala.