Ganyu Djulpan
Ganyu Djulpan

Ms Nyapanyapa Yunupingu

1945 - 2021 Ganyu Djulpan 2020
  • ochre on board
244 cm x 244 cm

In the exhibition The Little Things, at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Yunupingu has created her largest and most ambitious work to date, truly expanding her practice. Historically, materials like MDF (compressed fibreboard) were considered inappropriate for use by Yolngu artists; however, a recent philosophical shift permits the use of materials 'found' on country. And as such, we are gifted with the construction of these vast, spectacular paintings on repurposed walls from the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts Centre. Nyapanyapa's 'Ganyu' (Stars) paintings refer to the Djulpan (Seven Sisters or Pleiades star cluster) that represent Yolngu women. Through the use of her own motif of stars, Nyapanyapa is memorialising her deceased sisters Gulumbu, Barrupu and Djawundayngu.
'This is the mark made by a being who exists in a dimension unpierced by the arrow of time. We respond to it because we too exist in that same dimension although our programming denies it. This is the reality of the little things that exist without calculation or cynicism. The little things that just are. Each little insignificant mark made by this little insignificant person is made just as it has to be made in that moment. It doesn't adjust for what will happen next. It is not dreaming of a bigger picture and trying to fit into an imagined completed work. This is what spontaneity looks like.'
Will Stubbs, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts Centre, Yirrkala
© Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts Centre, Yirrkala, NT and Rolysn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

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