An image of Marrangu

Garawan Wanambi

(Australia 1965 – )

Gängan, Arnhem region
Language group
Marrakulu, Arnhem region


Not on display
Further information

Garawan Wanambi is part of the strong artistic community at Gängan, to the south of Yirrkala, which is pushing the boundaries of Yolngu artistic practice. Whilst continuing to use natural pigments and rarrk (crosshatching), Wanambi extends the possibilities of these through the mixing of natural pigments to form unique colours and deliberate tonal variations. His precise geometry and complex layering of designs create a depth of field on an otherwise flattened surface and a mesmerising optical effect. In doing this, Wanambi explores the Yolŋu concept of Buwayak ‒ simultaneously making elements both visible and invisible.

Marraŋu 2013 shows Wanambi’s exploration of Marraŋu clan designs. Embedded within the design is the form of a sacred object, connected to the mosquito. The mosquito is synonymous with aggression and also the release of tension that comes with the resolution of dispute. The background designs refer to a location in the mouth of the river at Raymangirr where freshwater springs bubble up beneath saltwater and reflect the different states of water from turbulent to calm.

Place of origin
Gangan, North-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
natural pigments on wood
210.0 x 19.0 x 19.0 cm
Signature & date

Not Signed. Not Dated.

Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactor’s Group 2018
Accession number
© Garawan Wanambi, courtesy Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre