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Marrga – Creating the Pilbara: Yinjaa-Barni Artists

Marrga – Creating the Pilbara: Yinjaa-Barni Artists

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13 February – 18 March 2015

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Yinjaa- Barni Artists

Yinjaa-Barni artists have worked for over a decade to establish their name in the Aboriginal art world.  Traditionally they are the owners of the Fortescue River region in the Pilbara. For over twenty years Aboriginal communities in the Pilbara resisted the move to express their culture through the burgeoning desert art movement. The sentiment was that by trading in cultural knowledge there was a risk of devaluing their heritage.

So when Yinjaa- Barni artists started to tell their own stories to the world, they had a lot of catching up to do. But they had a unique asset to draw on, the ancient, time worn landscapes of the Pilbara. The contrasts of this extreme environment are its source of inspiration. At the surface it is a dry, harsh land worn down by constant heat, its exposed rocks eroded and cracked.

But for people with local knowledge this is also a place with the hidden gorges of cool water, and a cycle of regeneration after the heat. For Aboriginal people the seeds and flowers bursting out after rain are part of the Creation stories of the Marrga. The creation spirits of the Marrga raised the sky and the earth, forming them out of the ocean. The Marrga then gave names and form to the country and then to all the birds and animals. Finally they created the Ngaardangarli, the Aboriginal people. This creation story is called Ngurru Nyujunnggama –when the World was soft.

So Yinjaa- Barni artists have drawn on their heritage and the landscape they live in to tell time-honoured stories of their people.  It is a view of the land regenerated. It is a story that sits alongside the contemporary story of mining in the Pilbara, the massive iron ore industry that dominates its economy.

About fifteen artists make up the studio group at Yinjaa-Barni Arts, but their stories carry a significant weight, the ancient stories of survival in this difficult country. This latest exhibition is on display from 13 February until18 March 2015, and is presented in association with Yinjaa-Barni Art Centre.

More information on this region can be found here.

Clifton Mack
Marlene Harold

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Bushfire Spreading by Allery Sandy

Allery Sandy  |  Bushfire Spreading

Jap 011170  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 59 cm

Pilbara Wildflowers by Allery Sandy

Allery Sandy  |  Pilbara Wildflowers

Jap 011274  |  acrylic on canvas  |  76 x 122 cm

Colours of the Rocks by Clifton Mack

Clifton Mack  |  Colours of the Rocks

Jap 011230  |  acrylic on canvas  |  122 x 60 cm

Colours Through the Rocks by Aileen Sandy

Aileen Sandy  |  Colours Through the Rocks

Jap 011292  |  acrylic on canvas  |  166 x 73 cm

Becoming One by Melissa Sandy

Melissa Sandy  |  Becoming One

Jap 011294  |  acrylic on canvas  |  182 x 91 cm

Colours of the Rocks by Clifton Mack

Clifton Mack  |  Colours of the Rocks

Jap 011228  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 90 cm

In the Beginning by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  In the Beginning

Jap 011227  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 90 cm

Emu Seed by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  Emu Seed

Jap 011226  |  acrylic on canvas  |  97 x 90 cm

Jarman Island Lighthouse by Clifton Mack

Clifton Mack  |  Jarman Island Lighthouse

Jap 011229  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 90 cm

Emu Bush Tucker by Pansy Sambo

Pansy Sambo  |  Emu Bush Tucker

Jap 011293  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 89 cm

Rainbow by Maudie Jerrold

Maudie Jerrold  |  Rainbow

Jap 011231  |  acrylic on canvas  |  99 x 71 cm

Hamersley Wildflowers by Allery Sandy

Allery Sandy  |  Hamersley Wildflowers

Jap 011284  |  acrylic on canvas  |  61 x 90 cm

In the Beginning – Emu Seed by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  In the Beginning – Emu Seed

Jap 011237  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 73 cm

Emu Seeds by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  Emu Seeds

Jap 011280  |  acrylic on canvas  |  61 x 45 cm

Millstream Waterholes by Celia Sandy

Celia Sandy  |  Millstream Waterholes

Jap 011173  |  acrylic on canvas  |  121 x 61 cm

Jiirda – Increasing Site by Clifton Mack

Clifton Mack  |  Jiirda – Increasing Site

Jap 009148  |  acrylic on canvas  |  200 x 107 cm

Colours of the Rocks by Clifton Mack

Clifton Mack  |  Colours of the Rocks

Jap 011232  |  acrylic on canvas  |  122 x 75 cm

Colours Through Rocks by Aileen Sandy

Aileen Sandy  |  Colours Through Rocks

Jap 011291  |  acrylic on canvas  |  61 x 59 cm

Blue Gum Tree – Ganyji by Allery Sandy

Allery Sandy  |  Blue Gum Tree – Ganyji

Jap 009027  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 91 cm

Coral Reef by Alicia Sandy

Alicia Sandy  |  Coral Reef

Jap 011269  |  acrylic on canvas  |  107 x 103 cm

Pilbara Wild Flowers by Allery Sandy

Allery Sandy  |  Pilbara Wild Flowers

Jap 009522  |  acrylic on canvas  |  122 x 76 cm

Pilbara Wildflowers by Allery Sandy

Allery Sandy  |  Pilbara Wildflowers

Jap 011168  |  acrylic on canvas  |  75 x 35 cm

River Soaks by Clifton Mack

Clifton Mack  |  River Soaks

Jap 011275  |  acrylic on canvas  |  134 x 71 cm

Colours Through the Rocks by Aileen Sandy

Aileen Sandy  |  Colours Through the Rocks

Jap 011272  |  acrylic on canvas  |  114 x 72 cm

Burst Of Spring by Melissa Sandy

Melissa Sandy  |  Burst Of Spring

Jap 011268  |  acrylic on canvas  |  76 x 122 cm

Tableland Country by Celia Sandy

Celia Sandy  |  Tableland Country

Jap 009026  |  acrylic on canvas  |  116 x 86 cm

Ochre through the Rocks by Aileen Sandy

Aileen Sandy  |  Ochre through the Rocks

Jap 009153  |  acrylic on canvas  |  165 x 89 cm

Hamersley Ranges by Celia Sandy

Celia Sandy  |  Hamersley Ranges

Jap 011271  |  acrylic on canvas  |  30 x 91 cm

My Country in Spring by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  My Country in Spring

Jap 011281  |  acrylic on canvas  |  30 x 91 cm

Country in Spring by Melissa Sandy

Melissa Sandy  |  Country in Spring

Jap 008045  |  acrylic on canvas  |  134 x 60 cm

Emu Seed by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  Emu Seed

Jap 011240  |  acrylic on canvas  |  131 x 71 cm

In the Beginning – Emu Seed by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  In the Beginning – Emu Seed

Jap 011238  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

Early Morning Mist by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  Early Morning Mist

Jap 011174  |  acrylic on canvas  |  138 x 41 cm

Becoming One by Melissa Sandy

Melissa Sandy  |  Becoming One

Jap 011282  |  acrylic on canvas  |  86 x 79 cm

Colours Through the Rocks by Clifton Mack

Clifton Mack  |  Colours Through the Rocks

Jap 011295  |  acrylic on canvas  |  54 x 46 cm

Colours Through the Rocks by Clifton Mack

Clifton Mack  |  Colours Through the Rocks

Jap 011296  |  acrylic on canvas  |  41 x 20 cm

Jarman Island Lighthouse by Clifton Mack

Clifton Mack  |  Jarman Island Lighthouse

Jap 011234  |  acrylic on canvas  |  121 x 82 cm

Country Bluebells by Wendy Darby

Wendy Darby  |  Country Bluebells

Jap 008154  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 91 cm

Hamersley Ranges by Celia Sandy

Celia Sandy  |  Hamersley Ranges

Jap 011266  |  acrylic on canvas  |  76 x 122 cm

Hamersley Ranges by Celia Sandy

Celia Sandy  |  Hamersley Ranges

Jap 011279  |  acrylic on canvas  |  30 x 30 cm

Colours through the Rocks by Aileen Sandy

Aileen Sandy  |  Colours through the Rocks

Jap 011244  |  acrylic on canvas  |  30 x 30 cm

Colours of the Rocks by Clifton Mack

Clifton Mack  |  Colours of the Rocks

Jap 011245  |  acrylic on canvas  |  30 x 30 cm

Emu Seed by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  Emu Seed

Jap 011241  |  acrylic on canvas  |  30 x 30 cm

WILDFLOWER PATCH by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  WILDFLOWER PATCH

Jap 011287  |  acrylic on canvas  |  30 x 30 cm

Emu Seeds by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  Emu Seeds

Jap 011288  |  acrylic on canvas  |  30 x 30 cm

Colours through the Rocks by Aileen Sandy

Aileen Sandy  |  Colours through the Rocks

Jap 011235  |  acrylic on canvas  |  122 x 59 cm

Picket Fences by Maudie Jerrold

Maudie Jerrold  |  Picket Fences

Jap 011276  |  acrylic on canvas  |  73 x 122 cm

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