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Melody Wood

Gunga (Pandanus)

204cm x 82cm


Melody has woven an incredible Namarnkol (barramundi). Namarnkol are a very important fish for Bininj (Aboriginal People), not least because of their abundance and delicious flavour. Melody has woven striped patterns into the fish, which recall the single-hatched rarrk painting renowned in West Arnhem Land. When barramundi are painted in this manner, they represent Dreaming sites on ancestral lands. Barramundi are hermaphrodites and most of the mature large fish are females which are lay millions of eggs. Melody has made this enormous woven barramundi with two little ones inside, representing fertility and rebirth. Young sprats which are often found at the bottom of waterfalls around West Arnhem Land are also significant; they are the spirits of unborn children, waiting to be born. This work is a fantastic example of West Arnhem Land art, which weaves together knowledge of ecology, clan estates, biology, culture and food.

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