DETAIL: Mary MARABAMBA Fish trap No 27 #3017-01 2001 jungle vine, bush string Purchased 2002
Banduk MARIKA | Foam bubbles; length of fabric

MARIKA, Banduk
Australia 1954
Foam bubbles; length of fabric 1987
screenprint on rayon
313.0 (h) x 114.6 (w) cm
Purchased 1990
NGA 1990.553
© Banduk Marika, 1987. Licensed by VISCOPY, Sydney
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Banduk Marika studied printmaking in Sydney in the early 1980s at the National Art School. She exhibited alongside Euphemia Bostock in seminal Indigenous exhibitions of the early to mid ‘80s that heralded the first wave of ‘urban Aboriginal art’. These early exhibitions were the impetus behind the so-called ‘Urban Aboriginal Art’ movement, and overlooked the fact that Marika was a member of an important artistic and cultural clan, the Rirratjingu, from Yirrkala in north–east Arnhem Land. Foam bubbles represents the rippling salty edge of waves as they roll onto the shoreline, where bubbles of air hiss and pop as they glide across the sand. The iridescent pink dye of abstract elliptical repetition on purple silk shimmers under lights.

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