2014/0075 Garranali

Garranali

Artist

Djambawa MARAWILI A.M.
Indigenous
Birth:
13 Apr 1953
 in
Australia

Artwork

Title
Garranali
Date
2010
Medium/Material
etching and screenprint on Hahnemuhle paper
Dimensions
62.0 x 49.0 cm (image)79.0 x 68.0 cm (paper) (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased through The Leah Jane Cohen Bequest, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2014
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2014/0075
Currently not on display

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Garranali is the sacred and dangerous area where Baru the crocodile nest on Madarrpa clan land. This Garranali is away inland up a creek to an area marked by an oasis of tall trees and forest surrounded by the expanses of a 'featureless' flood plain. Here freshwater bubbles to the surface to mix with the serge of saltwater tidal contamination. During the dry, considerable heat shimmers across the dust, remaining inaccessible without rights of passage when inundated with flood waters during the wet.Baru the ancestral crocodile ventures here from Yathikpa, bringing the power and authority of the Ancestral Fire with him. The sacred clan desigh of cross hatched ribbon swirling flamelike indeed denote this fertile mix of waters and fire in this sacred area. Garranali is revered as a reservoir of Madarrpa soalTo venture into these parts is for those with appropriate knowledge and the preparedness for the intense heat of fire and the ire of the crocodile.

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