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Art of Memory, Fish and Crabs: Jacqueline Gribbin and Galuma Maymuru

BY The Cross Art Projects | 07-Sep-2017
The creative alchemy of artwork by Jacqueline Gribbin and Galuma Maymuru, respectively of Darwin and of east Arnhem Land, investigate non-Indigenous and indigenous scientific knowledge, epic and mythic storytelling. Jacqueline Gribbin is a printmaker, Galuma Maymuru is primarily a painter but also works in printmaking. Their works speak of our relationship to land and water setting operational nexus between science and Law, myth and life. Both artists acknowledge evolving environmental factors and threats to the intricate and interconnected marine world. The juxtaposition of their works sets up a threshold where art, science and Indigenous Law overlap.
Presented by Australian Museum, Sydney, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, Yirkalla and The Cross Art Projects

The creative alchemy of artwork by Jacqueline Gribbin and Galuma Maymuru, respectively of Darwin and of east Arnhem Land, investigate non-Indigenous and indigenous scientific knowledge, epic and mythic storytelling. Jacqueline Gribbin is a printmaker, Galuma Maymuru is primarily a painter but also works in printmaking. Their works speak of our relationship to land and water setting operational nexus between science and Law, myth and life. Both artists acknowledge evolving environmental factors and threats to the intricate and interconnected marine world. The juxtaposition of their works sets up a threshold where art, science and Indigenous Law overlap.

About the artists

Originally from England, Jacqueline Gribbin has lived and travelled extensively overseas. She trained as a printer in Japan where she lived for 11 years and also lived in Singapore before settling in Australia. She has lived in the Northern Territory for a decade where she has worked extensively with Indigenous artists in printmaking. She now lives in rural, outer Darwin where she has a studio. In 2017 a suite of the ‘Dear Gilbert,….’ (Song for the Ichthyologist) prints was acquired by Parliament House, Canberra. A set of her Dear Gilbert etchings were recently acquired for the Parliament House Collection.

Galuma Maymuru is the daughter of Narritjin Maymuru and under his instruction was one of the first generation of Yolngu women to become a major artist using sacred clan designs. ‘He’d say “this is our painting and I’m telling you about the paintings for in the future when I am passed away you can use them.” Since 1974 Galuma has lived either at the homeland centre of Yilpara or at Dhuruputjpi in her husband Dhukal Wirrpanda’s Dhudi Djapu clan country at the northern perimeter of Blue Mud Bay, close to her own Manggalili clan lands. She was the community’s schoolteacher for a decade before becoming a full-time artist. Like her father she is a fierce advocate for homeland life. In 2003 she was awarded the Best Bark painting prize at the 20th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory. She is represented in most state art gallery collections.