David MALANGI DAYMIRRINGU | Mangrove Goanna

Australia 1927 – 1999
Mangrove Goanna
1988/1099 Sculpture of mangrove goanna with dark and spotted head and tail and cross-hatched torso [1960s]
natural pigments on wood
93.5 (h) x 17.2 (w) cm
Purchased through the Western Australian Government, 1988 Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
© David Malangi. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia

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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