David MALANGI DAYMIRRINGU | Bininymirr (Mangrove goanna)

Australia 1927 – 1999
Bininymirr (Mangrove goanna)
1984.268 Goanna sculpture, banded dots across back of animal c.1984
natural pigments and synthetic polymer on wood
irregular 6.0 (h) x 9.9 (w) x 87.1 (d) cm
JW Power Bequest, purchased 1984 Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
© David Malangi. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
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Malangi’s concentration on single subjects transferred to an interest in representing these aspects sculpturally. In the late 1980s and early 90s, he produced a body of work where a detail or aspect of the Djan’kawu chronicle is given three-dimensional form. These subjects include particularly a series of sculptures related to Dhämala and Dhäbila ¾ birds and goannas ¾ representations of the everyday creatures related to this country as well as homage to their totemic significance.

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