Nawurapu Waunungmurra’s sculpture Larrakitj ‘Garraparra’ (Detail) from North East Arnhem Land. Palya Art C-1929

Nawurapu Waunungmurra Larrakitj Garraparra. (Detail)
Artist: Nawurapu Waunungmurra
Language Group: Dhalwangu
Area: North East Arnhem Land
Artwork: Llarakitj
Title: Garraparra
Date: 2007
Medium: Natural earth pigments on wood
Size: 2927 x 1200 mm
Art Centre: Buku Llarngay Mulka
Palya Art No. C-1858
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Larrakitj are sculptures that originate as trees in stringybark forests. Hollowed out by
termites, the trees selected for Larrakitj are usually harvested after the dry season fires.
A cultural cycle then begins as the trunks are smoothed and shaped until the surface is
ready to be painted in ochres. Each completed Larrakitj is an imposing presence.
Covered in iconic imagery of sea and land, saltwater and freshwater, Larrakitj present a
deeply layered experience of people, places and clans from Blue Mud Bay to Arnhem
Bay.
The past decade has been revolutionary for Larrakitj, which are now among the most
powerful aesthetic objects in contemporary Australian art. Their realm of importance
now reaches far beyond their historical origins in traditional funeral rites.
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