Rirratjingu people

Yirrkala, North East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory born 1954

Foam bubbles
length of fabric
1987 Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: textiles, screenprint on rayon

Dimensions: 313.0 h x 114.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1990
Accession No: NGA 90.553
  • 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.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra