DHAMBIT #2 WANAMBI
GUDULTJA - MATERNAL OCEANS
in association with Buku Larrnggay Mulka Centre, Yirrkala NT
UPDATED 4 AUGUST 2020:
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Surrounded by Gumatj and Djapu clan lands is the beach known as Yalanba, a small pocket of Marrakulu clan country. This is Dhambit’s own identity and that of her father's and siblings. One of her brothers is named Yalanba from the songs of this place. It is here and only here that the glittering metallic black sand which Dhambit incorporates in her paintings comes from.
Honouring her own connection through her mother’s mother to the Djapu clan whose oceanic waters known as Balamumu meet her own honey imbued Marrakulu water flowing out from Gurka'wuy (Trial Bay). The play and clash and flow of this connection create the songs and the patterns of this place which are manifest in her work. Which is timeless yet dynamic like the water and the history of this place and her family.
edited extract from essay by Will Stubbs, Buku Larrnggay Mulka Centre coordinator, 2020