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Bob Burruwal Waurum (Fish Increasing Spirit) 2013
Natural earth pigments, pva fixative, wood, bush string and paperbark
2030 x 170 x 150mm

When men used to go fishing, sometimes they would paint a fish on a tree and sleep under the tree. In the morning, they would go fishing, and the Wurum spirit would help them catch lots of fish.

Bob Burruwal's elongated fish-increasing spirits Wurum and Wurlga are tangible manifestations of these creation and regeneration spirits of central Arnhem Land. His willowy, animated depictions are often dressed in ceremonial regalia and can easily be imagined as spirits gracefully traversing the tropical savannah landscape of the Northern Territory.

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