Miyapunu Ŋathaŋur Gapuŋur (Turtles are feeding in the water) – Dhopiya Gurruwiwi

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Two greenback turtles are having a feast on a patch of floating plant. The design that surrounds them is saltwater (moṉuk gapu). The greenback turtles have a significant place in the spiritual life of the Yolŋu people, also considered as `superfood` along the coastal clans.  As you step back form the painting to watch it from a short distance, you can experience a kind of moving effect due to the crosshatching that fills up the area around the turtles. According to the tradition, this vibrant, moving affect is a physical manifestation of the ancestral power.

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Artist: Dhopiya Gurruwiwi
Title: Miyapunu Ŋathaŋur Gapuŋur – Turtles are feeding in the water / 2016

Two greenback turtles are having a feast on a patch of floating plant. The design that surrounds them is saltwater (moṉuk gapu). The greenback turtles have a significant place in the spiritual life of the Yolŋu people, also considered as `superfood` along the coastal clans.  As you step back form the painting to watch it from a short distance, you can experience a kind of moving effect due to the crosshatching that fills up the area around the turtles. According to the tradition, this vibrant, moving affect is a physical manifestation of the ancestral power.

One of the most popular traditional mediums for paintings is the natural bark, that is peeled off the Stringybark eucalyptus trees. We asked Dhopiya to paint on contemporary medium; here is a piece of  the first series of acrylic paintings on canvas, painted by Dhopiya Gurruwiwi for the Hollow Log Didgeridoos. By selling these paintings we would like to support Dhopiya and Djalu`s family, the full collected price goes back to them.

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Dimensions77 × 132 cm

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