Life on earth began in a swirling cloud of stardust. Approximately Infinite Universe considers the multiple meanings found in imaginative and traditional mappings of time, life and death.
Naminapu paints the night sky and light that has been traveling for thousands, sometimes millions of years across space and time; she studies Milŋiyawuy / Milky Way or River of Stars, as a three-dimensional forest or rivers of galaxies. Galama Maymuru (the late) , contemplates death here on earth. Both are part of the same complex mortuary and belief system that is “everywhen”. (W.E.H Stanner, 'The Dreaming', 1953).
Mrs Maymuru was the daughter of the great artist Narritjin Maymuru and under his instruction was one of the first generation of Yolngu women to become a major artist using sacred clan designs. This renaissance happened during the early days of the Homeland Movement. From the mid-1970s, Narritjin established the Mangalili homeland of Djarrakpi (extensively documented by Ian Dunlop of Film Australia in the twenty two films of the Yirrkala Film Project).
Covid-19 safety plan – museums and galleries
We follow NSW Health Guidelines. Wellbeing of staff, volunteers and visitors: Information and training on COVID-19, including when to get tested, physical distancing and cleaning is provided.
Physical distancing: Entry signage advising 1.5 metres social distance; Maximum of 10 visitors. (More generous than one visitor per 4 square metres of space).
Hygiene and cleaning: All resting points have sanitiser; bathroom has soap, sanitiser and paper towels; all surfaces cleaned twice daily.
Recordkeeping: name and a mobile number or email address for all staff, volunteers, visitors is recorded for a period of at least 28 days.