Nabarlek dja Ngarrbek (Rock Wallaby and Echidna) by Graham Badari - Injalak Arts
Artist - Graham Badari
Graham (b. 1963) is a Bininj man of the Wardjak clan. His language is Kunwinjku, and his country is Maburrinj, which is near Kudjekbinj about 120 km east of Gunbalanya. He draws much of his artistic inspiration from this region. Graham is one of Injalak Arts’ senior screenprint designers, producing many popular designs. He has worked with Injalak Arts since 1990.
This design was created in 2014 and is inspired by the high ‘Stone Country’ of the Arnhem Land Plateau. It features nabarlek (Petrogale concinna or rock wallaby) and ngarrbek (Tachyglossus aculeatus or echidna). The nabarlek survives mostly eating tough grasses of the kinds pictured in this design.
A number of Stone Country plants can be seen in this design including mandjamko (Grevillea goodii) a low growing species with red flowers. The nectar from these are sweet and can be eaten. The flowering strap-leafed plant is manburru (Patersonia macrantha), a member of the iris family with purple flowers found only in the NT.
The silhouette style used in this design is ancient in origin and common in the rock art of West Arnhem Land.
Graham's design is printed by the men and women at Injalak Arts; a non-profit Aboriginal-owned social enterprise in Gunbalanya, West Arnhem Land.
Injalak Arts officially opened in November 1989. Before this, artists screen-printed in a small shed. Today Injalak artists and weavers work outside under trees, and under the long verandahs on either side of the Art Centre; screen printers work in the new purpose built screen-printing room.
Indigenous community art centres play an important role in the artistic and cultural life of traditional Aboriginal artists living in remote communities. Injalak Arts is an outstanding example of a community organisation that is 100% Aboriginal owned and delivers positive social, economic and cultural outcomes for its members. Injalak Arts has around 200 active members – artists and weavers from Gunbalanya and surrounding outstations. While based in Gunbalanya, Injalak supports members who live at outstations (regularly travelling to Manmoyi, Mamadawerre and Kabulwarnamyo), thereby generating livelihoods for many individuals and families.
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