Dhambit Munuŋggurr1968 - Mari Gutharra 2021
- acrylic on bark
'This is from the song of the Brolga. She is my clan’s maternal grandmother. She is dancing. And she sings this as her feet leave the ground. She is flying from her nest to her destiny. I am that bird. This is me. I can fly'
— Dhambit Mununggurr
Following a car accident in 2007, which left her with life threatening injuries, Dhambit courageously overcame restrictions on her movement and speech to create a distinct and dynamic practice. Durrk - I can fly at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery continued the artist’s foray into the colour blue, a hue that has become the dominant palette for her larger works since 2019.
Dhambit is the daughter of two winners of the First Prize in the NATSIA Awards: Mutitjpuy Mununggurr and Gulumbu Yunupingu. Her grandfathers are Wonggu and Munggurrawuy who themselves are celebrated leaders and artists.
She finds acceptance within her community and the art market as an innovator with a deep understanding of Yolngu law and the spiritual forces of her Yolngu country. Dhambit’s work does not mimic others. She presents a fresh perspective in Yolngu designs, creating art made for a higher purpose. Source: the artist, Buku Larnggay Mulka Art Centre, Yirrkala, NT and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery