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Lena NYADBI

Gija/Kija people

Walmanjilugum (near Greenvale Station) , Western Australia, Australia born 1934 /1938

Dayiwul Ngarankarni 2008 Place made: Warmun (Turkey Creek), Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, natural earth pigments on canvas

Dimensions: 120.0 h x 120.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2008
Accession No: NGA 2008.681
Image rights: © the artist, courtesy Warmun Art Centre

Lena Nyadbi was born on Walmanjilukum (Greenvale Station) in the East Kimberley region. Like many young Aboriginal girls of her generation, she began work on the station at an early age. She grew up on the new Lissadell Station when it was relocated due to the flooding of Lake Argyle. Nyadbi learnt to paint from Paddy Jaminji, who taught her the techniques of grinding ochre and charcoal, and of rubbing the charcoal into the canvas with her hands. Nyadbi began painting in 1998 and quickly developed an international reputation as an original and dynamic artist.

Dayiwul Ngarankarni[1] 2008 refers to the Barramundi Dreaming associated with the site of the Argyle Diamond Mine. In the Ngarrangkarni (Dreaming) three women made a net from spinifex to catch fish along Gawinji (Cattle Creek) but Dayiwul the Barramundi jumped over the net to escape the women. Half way along the creek the women abandoned the net and it turned to stone, where it remained until the mine was cut—the large brown shapes in the painting are Ngarrangkarni rocks that were removed and relocated to a place higher up, where they are today. Nyadbi says there also used to be a creek here and a soak where Gija people dug for water when other waterholes had dried up.

The diamonds mined today are the scales of Dayiwul. The site was destroyed by the pit of the open-cut mine and Nyadbi painted this work in memory of this country before the mine, and to pass these stories on to her children and grandchildren.

Franchesca Cubillo

[1] ‘Ngarankarni’ in the title of the work is a variation of ‘Ngarrangkarni’.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
From: Franchesca Cubillo and Wally Caruana (eds) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art: collection highlights National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2010

莉娜·亚德比 (Lena Nyadbi)
《岱依乌尔·加蓝卡尼》(Dayiwul Ngarankarni) 2008年
澳大利亚西澳大利亚州金伯利瓦尔芒(土耳其溪)
绘画,帆布材质,天然颜料
120.0 (高) x 120.0 (宽)厘米
2008年购买
收录号:NGA 2008.681
©艺术家,承蒙瓦尔芒艺术中心许可

莉娜·亚德比出生于东金伯利地区的沃尔曼吉鲁库姆(格林威尔牧场)。像同代许多其他土著女孩一样,她小小年纪就开始在牧场打工。由于阿盖尔湖洪水泛滥,格林威尔牧场迁址新建,更名为丽莎戴尔牧场(Lissadell Station),莉娜在新牧场长大成人。亚德比师从培迪·加敏吉(Paddy Jaminji)学习画画,老师给她传授了研磨赭石和木炭以及用手将木炭渗入帆布的技巧。亚德比于1998年开始画画,很快便成为国际知名的活力原创艺术家。

创作于2008年的《岱依乌尔·加蓝卡尼》讲述的是与阿盖尔钻石矿址相关的澳洲盲曹梦幻。在澳洲盲曹(梦幻),三名女子用三齿稃编织了一张渔网,沿加文吉(牛溪)河捕鱼。但澳洲盲曹岱依乌尔越过渔网逃避女人的抓捕。行至小溪中途,女人们丢弃了渔网,渔网变成了石头,石头呆在原地直至矿山的开采;画中硕大的棕色形状是加蓝卡尼岩石,被搬离原地并重新安置一个位置更高的地方,一直到今天。亚德比说这儿曾经还有一条溪流和浸水区,当其他水潭干涸时,吉加(Gija)人来这儿寻找水。

今天开采出来的钻石是岱依乌尔的鳞片。露天开采形成的矿坑毁掉了这个地方,亚德比凭借记忆描绘了采矿前的这片土地,并把这些故事留给子孙后代。

Franchesca Cubillo
弗兰切西卡·库比尤


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra