Lady Dreaming by Verity Bangarra

Lady Dreaming

‘Lady Dreaming is near the three palm trees, Ngarndúma on the Arnhem highway. One of the mermaids is called Jilapara and the other is Lilima – they are two sisters. My husbands grandmother knows this story. She’s like djomi but different. This one is big and fat, djomi is small. they all make babies. This one – the long one came all the way from Ramingining. They were travelling and they are there forever. It’s an old fashioned story, we can talk about it.’ Verity Bangarra 2023

This fabric was created using the linocut printing technique. The lino tile has been carved by the artist in Maningrida, and has been printed by hand using a variety of colours and layers. The linocut technique ensures each textile piece is a one-off, limited edition piece. Bábbarra Women’s Centre supports the economic independence of Indigenous women in the Arnhem Land community of Maningrida, Northern Territory, Australia. Designs created by the women at Bábbarra reflect strong cultural knowledge, which is passed down to younger generations through their textile design practice.

Verity has drawn the mermaid spirit found at Lady Dreaming, a significant women’s site located on the West Arnhem Highway.