Warrakan - Animal fibre sculptures from Gapuwiyak in Arnhem Land.
Penny Wanapuyngu and Tony Cameron are artists that have made a name for themselves by creating original fibre based works. Tony and Penny are married and work together to make these sculptures. They use paperbark as the filling and then twine fibre around this to form the animals and birds. They are painted using ochres and natural pigments
Artists Statement from Tony Cameron:
"Penny and I work together. We come up with an idea and then go and collect materials. Penny collects pandanus, paperbark and stringybark to weave and stuff the creatures. My job is to collect materials to make wings, legs, beaks and the stands. I also paint the patterns and markings of the animals using natural pigments. It really brings them to life
We love making these artworks. It's something we like doing together:"
Family and social gatherings are an important part of the process of making fibre objects in Arnhem Land. Through these gatherings, knowledge about harvesting, preparation of specific plant materials and craft skills continue to be passed on and adapted from one generation to the next.
Penny and Tony are from Gapuwiyak which is a community in East Arnhem Land.
David Mununggurr's - Thunder man
Size: 83cm x 31cm
This is the Thunder man and he has many names. This story is for all the Dhuwa clans. The songs and the dances about the Bol'ngu are performed by the DhuwaYolnu at the ceremonies. There are special yidaki and bilma rhythms for the song and dance.
Holding his spear bent over his head, he moves around looking and pointing to where to make a storm, even where to find fish. He calls out giving instructions to the clouds. He gathers up the clouds to make the rain, he points to the places where it will start raining. His penis represents the rain falling down.
This story anticipates the new growth across the land. The background are the clan designs for the Mununggurr people at Wandawuy. Sometimes today you can see the Bol'ngu when the clouds form and a water spout forms reaching down to the sea.View full product details
Penny Wanapuyngu's - Forest Kingfisher
Size: 17 cm high
This is a Dhuwa Bird. We dance this bird especially at Dhapi (circumcision) ceremony.View full product details
Penny Wanapuyngu's - Friar Bird
Size: 24cm high
This is a Dhuwa bird. It is a naughty bird it can speak many langurages. When they are in the trees eating flowers they call out different names, it's just like someone calling you.View full product details
Penny Wanapuyngu's - Quail
Size: 24cm high
The Djirrikitj (Quail) lives on the ground in the bush, they are hard to see until you almost stand on them. This is Yirritja bird and they Gumatj clan sing about this.View full product details
Tony Cameron's - Buffalo
Size: 58 cm long x 20cm high
Detung (Buffalo) are new in our country. They cause much damage to the swamps and billabongs. We hunt them for food.View full product details
Tony Cameron's - Red Winged Parrot
Size: 30 cm high
This is a Yirritja bird, and clans like Dhalwangu, Madarrpa, Munyuku and Gumatj sing and dance this bird. When we dance this bird you can see its actions like flying around and feeding on flowers.View full product details
Tony Cameron's - Pacific Black Duck
Size: 45cm long and 20cm high
This is the Muthali (Pacific Black Duck). This is a Yirritja bird and has special meaning for the Waramirri and Ritharrngu people. The duck flew out of the mist near Garli and travel north stopping at different places on the way. They landed in billabongs and waterways looking for places to rest and nest, but they kept moving on, ever northward until they reach the Island called Cotton Island. Here they stopped and laid their eggs, you can see them today as egg shaped rocks.View full product details
Tony Cameron's - Quail
Size: 22cm high
The Djirrikijj (Quail) lives on the ground in the bush, they are very hard to see until you almost stand on them. This is a Yirritja bird and the Gumatj clan sing about this.View full product details
Tony Cameron's - Yawk Yawk
Size: 64 cm high
Yawk Yawk is like a mermaid. They are like a spirit and can take many shapes like other animals and they move around. They should be respected or they might get angry.View full product details