Lena Nyadbi Australian (Aboriginal)

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Lena Nyadbi uses locally sourced natural earth pigments to create her rich yet restrained compositions. Her works focus on the ancestral narratives (ngarrangkarni ) from her father’s country in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. Stones dug up from the earth were customarily used to fashion spearheads ( jimbala) that were attached to spears (karlumburi), and it is these ancient forms that she alludes to here in the arrangement of aligned vertical strokes against a dark ground.

Jimbala, Lena Nyadbi (Australian (Aboriginal), born ca. 1936), Ochre on canvas

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