When Marawili is not campaigning for an indigenous cause he can be found at home painting under a shady tree. His bark paintings are made from natural, locally gathered materials. The bark, which he uses as a canvas, is cut from gadayka (stringybark) trees sourced near his home. Marawili uses painting as an outlet to show the sacred designs that embody his right to speak as a part of the land, whether it be above ground or under the sea.
His mesmerising work is held in many important public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Although Marawili paints in Baniyala (4.5 hours south of Gove), he still wants people to come and visit him in East Arnhem Land and watch him paint there. He says, ‘Why not come and visit us in our remote wanja on our homeland. Our wanja is welcoming you to come and see us, with a good heart and with your own eyes. Yes, you must come!’
Chayni Henry – Artist
Working largely with paint and printmaking, Darwin-based artist Chayni Henry has a keen interest in local built heritage and is most inspired by the city’s iconic buildings and famous facades. As she writes: ‘Darwin is a young city, its landscape changed many times over its relatively brief history by extreme weather events and war. As a near-lifelong resident I have an intimate relationship with its architectural landscape.’[i]
In her work, Henry recounts life in her hometown, attending to both personal and broader social and political issues with self-deprecation and dark humour. Her stylised work, taking inspiration from the aesthetic of prints and comics, is dotted with irreverent anecdotes handwritten with text. ‘The strongest voice in your art – when it’s at its most coherent – is when you’re speaking about something you’re familiar with and something you’re passionate about … You create your own language.’[ii]
Henry’s work is held in national public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, Artbank and the Museum of Contemporary Art.