158 x 45cm
Wirrmu ga Djurrpun
This Waŋgurri clan design depicts the Wirrmu or new moon and Djurrpun the evening star.
The design relates to the journey through Wangurri clan waters belonging to that clan from their homeland at Mutamul towards their freshwater homeland at Dhalinybuy. The minyjti or sacred clan design can have different meanings. One is a manifestation in the tracks left in timber from infestation from the boring mangrove worm Milka. Bands of miny’tji represents this and by the layering of hair brush strokes, that build up to a shimmering and brilliant state, itself a manifestation (we can only imagine) of the sublime and to the references this painting could have of the end results of supernatural events and the peace brought after as rays of sun on the calm waters, a condition called gunbilk.
The waters that travel through the mangrove areas, (where the Milka infest the wood), that wash with the tides to be taken with the currents out deep to the horizons meet with associate waters from other estates relative to the Wangurri, such as the Maŋgalili. These waters contain the life forces and clan identity and are taken up into the maternal clouds and as dots among the waters supporting the totem octopus Manda and the yothu (child) cuttle fish shells floating on the surface. These worms die as the pole itself a being washes into the freshwater.