DHARPA (Wood) : Larrakitj, carvings, fibre & barks


Sinous carvings intertwine with textured weavings, delicately wrought barks and striking larrakitj (poles) in this extensive exhibition of more than 50 sculptural works in wood from Arnhem Land, Central Australia and the Tiwi Islands. 

Featured are more than 25 larrakitj (memorial poles) from Buku-Larrnggay Mulka,  North East Arnhem Land whose works have recently starred in the NGV's Bark Ladies exhibition. Fibre works include woven fish traps and spirit poles by award-winning artist Jack Nawilil. Carvings include birds and figurative carvings from Arnhem Land and the Tiwi Islands, Mimih figures from Central Arnhem Land, bowls and shields from Maruku Arts, Central Australia and three exceptional 2-metre-high carvings of the unique Warraburnburn figures by 40-year-old Jeremiah Bonson from Maningrida Arts, Central Arnhem Land. 

Complementing the sculptures are barks, canvases and framed ochre works on paper from Buku-Larrnggay Mulka, Injalak Arts and Tiwi Design.

• Custom made matte black square stands for all sculptures and carvings (other than the bird carvings which do not need stands)
• Metal fixtures and hanging wires for barks
• Framing for works on paper, as noted
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