Lot 3 

Bombing of Darwin

Susan Wanji Wanji

180 x 120 cm
Ochre on linen
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This piece comes professionally stretched
About the Artist

Susan Wanji Wanji grew up in Maningrida and as a young girl learnt to make bark paintings and intricately woven mats and baskets. She is an exceptional weaver and Tunga (bark basket) craftsperson.  Susan Wanji Wanji started working at Munupi Arts & Crafts ( Yikikinni Women’s Centre) in 1990 and has since developed a unique style that has influence from both Tiwi and Arnhem Land cultures.  In 1992 Susan Wanji Wanji travelled to Paris representing Munupi Arts & Crafts and assisted with the hanging of the women’s centre exhibition.  Susan Wanji Wanji works on linen and arches paper with natural ochres, along with limited edition lino prints and etchings. Her art is represented in many national as well as international collections, and she was a finalist in the 2013 Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. 

About the Work

After the first bombing, the men thought  of  making  songs  and  dance  about  the  bombing  and  the  planes. This painting is about that.  One old  man  singing,  while  men,  women  and  kids  dance  around.  Some people when the bombing  started  were  standing  around  or  hunting  with  their  spears,  when  the  bombing  started  they  were throwing  their  spears  to  the  plane  and  hiding  to  try  to  keep  safe.

Notable Collections

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

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