Manuel Nganjamarra - Crocodile In Billabong
Acrylic on Archers Paper | 58cm x 77cm
COUNTRY Oenpelli, Arnhemland, Northern Territory
Manuel is a Kunwinjku artist from Arnhemland in the Northern Territory of Australia. He paints with ‘grass’, the stem of a freshwater reed that has many fibres inside. These are pared to the thickness required for his Skin group. The thickness of the lines and the way they are applied are very important – besides Skin, they also tell the Clan and Country of the artist.
Only the four ochre colours are used; Yellow for the sun, Red for the blood of mother earth – she bleeds for you when you are born and when you die, White is used for body designs in ceremony, Black has secret meanings but is also the charcoal rubbed into cuts to create Cicatrice (raised scars) for tribal markings.
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