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Gulumbu YUNUPINGU | Garak the Universe

Australia 1943 /1947
Garak the Universe
larrakitj 2005
natural pigments on hollow log
304.0 (h) x 24.0 (w) cm
NGA 2005.603
VIEW: Article |

Gulumbu Yunupingu’s source of inspiration is Garak the universe, which at first glance appears to be a literal representation of the Milky Way, an important customary and ancestral story, particularly for the Yolngu people of north-eastern Arnhem Land where the artist resides and works. However, Yunupingu has stated that her art is about the entire universe, all the stars that can be seen by the naked eye and everything that exists far beyond any scientific expedition or estimation. She shares much with another revelatory latecomer to visual expression of cultural stories, Emily Kam Kngwarray, who made the emphatic statement that her work was alwey (the whole lot): everything that can be imagined, and all that cannot. This impressive larrakitj(hollow funeral pole) is masterful in scale and in the lyrical way the artist has followed the form and surface structure of the trunk, using similar tones to catch the light on the log’s contours, mirroring the changes in density of the Milky Way. BC

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