Djartabaramba, 1994 - Ginger Riley Munduwalawala

October 3, 2020

Ginger Riley Munduwalawala

Djartabaramba, 1994

67 x 50 cmFramed: 76 x 56 cmLimited edition screenprintEdition 18/60. Other Notes: This work was inspired by Ginger Riley's mother’s country, the area surrounding four pyramidal hills, the Four Arches, some 45 kilometres inland from the Gulf of Carpentaria on the Limmen Bight River. Ginger’s iconography was informed by the sequence of events that took place there. According to legend, the Four Arches were created by a lethal taipan, the Garimala, who traveled from far away and returned to live in a waterhole he created nearby. From here he journeyed to the Limmen Bight River, turning into the Rainbow and thus it is believed he is present during the oncoming of the wet season. Apart from this central narrative, a recurring image in Riley’s work was the striking Ngak Ngak, a white-breasted sea eagle said to be the guardian of this country.