Dayiwul Ngarrangkarni

Lena NYADBI: artist

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About the work

The print tells a creation story for a place in the Kimberley that was destroyed by the Argyle Diamond mine “The long white shape… is the spinifex net made by three women in the Ngarrangkarni (Dreaming). They travelled up the river, placing the net across the water to catch fish. Halfway to Gawinji (Cattle Creek) the women stopped and left the next; it turned to stone… The large round shapes are Ngarrangkarni Rocks that were shifted to a place… Where they remain today… The diamonds being mined are the scales of Dayiwul, the Barramundi, who jumped through the range to escape the women: she saw the net they placed in the river and jumped over it.”
Dayiwul Ngarrangkarni
Artist/Maker and role
Lena NYADBI: artist
etching on Hahnemuhle paper
50.0 x 39.0cm (image)
55.0 x 70.0cm (paper)
Production place
Warmun, Western Australia
Credit line
Purchased through The Leah Jane Cohen Bequest, The Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2014
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession number

This is one of the prints in our collection.


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