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  • Title: Spear Grass
  • Artist: Winsome Jobling
  • Region: Darwin
  • Art Centre: Independent artist
  • Medium: Etching
  • Collection: Replant Folio
  • Dimensions: 33 x 25 cm
  • Edition Size: 40
  • Price ($AUD): $ 440

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This print is also available as part of the Replant Folio of 12 etchings. The price of the Replant Folio is $5,500

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Spear Grass (Sarga intrans), previously (Sorghum intrans), is one of the most common and important grasses in the western Top End of the Northern Territory.


During the mid to late wet season Spear Grass is the characteristic feature of the savanna habitats, when its stems dominate the lower levels of the vegetation profile. In the later parts of the wet season, which coincided with our field trip to Nauiyu, the stems began to dry out and the colours and tones of the drying stems and leaves were stunning and inescapable; they are literally in your face whenever you walk through the bush.


For some Aboriginal groups, including the Ngan’gikurunggurr, Marita Sambono’s countrymen who we spent time with around Nauiyu, the seasonal calendar names and timing are based upon Spear Grass growth and the seed formation, ripening and shedding.

Glenn Wightman

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