CreatorJosie Rose-FlandersTitleGarlambirla wajaarrDate2022MediumAcrylic on compressed fibre cement (CFC)DimensionsH. 2000mm x W. 1000mm x D. 20mmArtist StatementThis story is about the cultural significance of Garlambirla and the waterways that are brimming with unique ecosystems, nurturing rich biodiversity and cultural heritage. The design uses bold and colourful symbolism to honour the Yirrala Trail and the importance of caring for saltwater and freshwater wajaarr.
The cultural significance of South Solitary, Little Muttonbird and Muttonbird islands are represented at the top of the artwork. The bright ocean surrounding the islands is the essence of the northern and southern waters meeting and creating an explosion of sub-tropical and tropical marine life.
The spiritual significance of the Coffs Creek mullet spawning is depicted at the bottom of the artwork. The three bodies of Garlambirla freshwater capture the mullets seasonal cycle surrounded by mangroves. The middle of the canvas represents the saltwater and freshwater entwining in brilliant harmony.
The artists Dad taught her Gumbaynggirr women danced with ochre dots along the forehead for celebration and ceremony. The dotting pays homage to the Ancestors and the line work shines reverence on Ancestral songlines expressing how Country continues to provide cultural connection and protection to Mob.Specific Place Accession NumberP2023.4.1Access AdviceFor research purposes only. No reproduction without permission of City of Coffs Harbour.
Representing the Garlambirla clan on Gumbaynggirr country, this painting depicts the local waterways and habitats. Acrylic on compressed fibre cement (CFC).
Part of the Gumbaynggirr Art Trail at Yarrila Place. The trail showcases a collection of six artworks, created by Gumbaynggirr artists, representing each of the six clan groups on Gumbaynggirr country – Bagawa, Garby, Garlambirla, Yurrunga, Ngambaga and Gambalamam.
This immersive experience invites visitors to embark on a cultural journey through Gumbaynggirr Country while guiding them through Yarrila Place, from its ground floor to the rooftop terrace.