Vivian Marumi (Rosuja)


Born: c.1980, Birrojo village, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea
Language Group: Ömie
Clan: Dahorurajé (Sidorajé)
Lives and works: Gorabuna village, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea
Medium: natural pigments on nioge (women's barkcloth skirts)



When Vivian married into her husband’s Dahorurajé clan he taught her his family’s traditional clan design of odunaigë, the jungle vine. Today, Vivian is the foremost painter of this important ancestral Ömie design and is highly skilled and innovative artist. She and her husband Prout have five children.


Balai, Sana; Modjeska, Drusilla; and Ryan, Judith, Wisdom of the Mountain: Art of the Ömie, National Gallery of Victoria International, Melbourne 2009
Gregory, Bill; and Modjeska, Drusilla, The Art of Ömie [exhibition catalogue], William Mora Galleries, Melbourne & Annandale Galleries, Sydney, 2010
Gregory, Bill; and Modjeska, Drusilla, In The Shadow of a Volcano: The Barkcloth Art of Ömie [exhibition catalogue], Holmes à Court Gallery, Perth & Annandale Galleries, Sydney, 2007
Hawker, Michael, ‘Ömie barkcloth: A textile of transition and place’, Threads: Contemporary Textiles and the Social Fabric, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane 2011, pp.79-83
Mallon, Sean; Miller, Imelda; Page, Maud; and Thomas, Nicholas, Paperskin: Barkcloth Across the Pacific, an exhibition organised by the Queensland Art Gallery, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Queensland Museum 2009
Modjeska, Drusilla, ‘This Place, Our Art: The Barkcloth Art of Ömie’, Art & Australia Vol. 43 No. 2 Summer 2005, p.250-255 Page, Maud, ‘Paperskin: Barkcloth across the Pacific’, Artlines (Brisbane), no.3, 2009, pp.10–13
Sorensen, Rosemary, ‘The eyes inhabit a strange new world’, The Australian, 24 November 2009 ‘Wisdom of the Mountain: Art of the Ömie’, Textile Fibre Forum, No. 96 2009, p.33


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane