40 x 40cm; Paper: BFK RIVES 57 x 76cm
The title of this print – Goŋ Mala – is literally translated as ‘ fingerprints’ and this image is literally a transfer of the artist’s goŋ mala onto an etching plate. Covered in a white ground paste and under the direction of printmaker Paul Machnik, Nyapanyapa pressed her hands onto the plate to create pattern. The removal of any implement in the form of a brush or marwat has created a unique maker’s mark that not only holds reference to Nyapanyapa’s extraordinary ability to be open to new experiences in an artistic realm but to the birrka’mirri quality presence in her other works. Nyapanyapa’s work has been more valued for the spontaneity and texture of her hand. She expresses her capacity to live in the moment in the freeness of her mark making. There is no calculation or even regard for the audience in her renditions. Their final appearance is almost random. They are an expression of the movements of her hand, as they happen to have taken place on that particular day. This print is an exact example of her freedom and demonstrates the reason for Nyapanaypa’s great appeal.
Printed June 2013