Man-ngarre (Native Grasses) by Elizabeth Kandabuma

Man-ngarre (Native Grasses)

Elizabeth had a distinctive artistic style, depicting the natural world with loose, organic strokes. Her style was evident in her key designs Kun-ngol (clouds), showing the cloud formations over her floodplain country after the wet season, and the fine detail of Kun-kirh (mud ripples) depicting cracked mud in the sun during dry season. Elizabeth was close family with Janet Marawarr, Lucy Yarawanga and Raylene Bonson, leading artists at Bábbarra.

This design celebrates the grasses of Arnhem land, the spear grass, Sorghum intransthat grows in the wet season and dies off or is burnt during the dry season.