Nongirrna Marawili

from my heart and mind


An exhibition catalogue reflecting the whole of Nongirrna Marawili’s career, but with an emphasis on the last five years of this unique Aboriginal artist’s work.


ISBN: 9781741741407 Category:

Cara Pinchbeck, Henry Skerritt, Djambawa Mariwili, Kade McDonald


Nongirrna Marawili is one of the most distinctive Aboriginal artists working today. From her home in Yirrkala, Marawili has revolutionised the art of north-eastern Arnhem Land while adhering to cultural protocols. In her prints, drawings and paintings – on paper, board, bark, larakitj and aluminium – Marawili captures the landscape, radically transformed and re-imagined in a very personal artistic vision. Her interest is in the atmospheric effects created as country is brought to life through the movement of wind, water or unseen forces. She is not simply documenting sites of importance, she is capturing the dynamism of a living landscape, as she connects with the sentience of country.

Nongirrna Marawili: from my heart and mind presents the span of Marawili’s career and offers an insight into her unique approach. Through stunning images, insightful essays and an interview with the artist, this book highlights the strength of Marawili’s practice and her important contribution to the art of Australia.

Additional information

Weight 530 g
Dimensions 20.9 x 27 cm
Publisher name Art Gallery of New South Wales
Publication date 1 December 2018
Number of pages 128
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 20.9 x 27 cm
Weight 530 g


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Cara Pinchbeck is senior curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Djambawa Marawili AM, Nongirrna Marawili's brother, is one of the most important Aboriginal leaders in Australia. Kade McDonald is the managing director of Durrmu Arts Aboriginal corporation and was the coordinator for Buku-Larrngay Mulka Arts and Cultural Centre from 2010-2016. Her recent publications include: Tony Tuckson (contributor), Art from Milingimbi: taking memories back , When silence falls and Yirrkala drawings . Dr Henry F. Skerritt is the Mellon curator of the Indigenous arts of Australia at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal art collection of the University of Virginia.