Billabong Scene

In this etching Gershom Garlngarr has depicted various edible fish and reptiles found in the billabongs, watercourses and wetlands that occur throughout Arnhem Land in the ‘Top End’ of Australia. These include Namarnkol (Barramundi), Namarddakka (Nail Fish), Kuluybirr (Saratoga), Kedjebe (File Snake) and Burarr (Water Goanna).

The subjects have been represented in the traditional style of Kunwinjku artists, developed over thousands of years on the rock escarpments around Gunbalanya. Gershom has used rarrk (fine cross-hatching) in representing the djenj (fish), and the central namarnkol is in the x-ray style with it’s back-bone showing.