Ngalyod (Rainbow Serpent)

Ngalyod (Rainbow Serpent)

Joe Guymala

Joe has painted Ngalyod, the Rainbow Serpent. Ngalyod is regarded as a most important Creation Ancestor in West Arnhem Land and appears in various manifestations in Kunwinjku mythology. In the Dreamtime she assumed a range of animal forms including snake, kangaroo, fish and crocodile and at times transformed herself from one to the other, or into a combination of each. As a serpent, she tunnels underground using barbed extensions from her head and the bony protuberance from her neck as aids. Ngalyod dwells in various billabongs in Arnhem Land today, sometimes swallowing bininj (the Kunwinjku term for Aboriginal people) as punishment when they break traditional laws. Joe Guymala has painted Ngalyod with a fish tail, serpent body, kangaroo style head, and the facial tentacles of a catfish; demonstrating the transformative power of the Creation Ancestor. Joe made this work with vibrant natural pigments and delek (white clay) which is collected from sacred sites across Arnhem Land. These sites are connected to Ngalyod in certain ways. Joe’s use of delek in the painting of Ngalyod points to the intricate web of connections and stories that comprise West Arnhem Land culture

102cm x 76cm 

Ochre on Archers Paper

 

Catalogue Number: 20AP20

Price: $3 400

 

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Joe Guymala

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