2010/0074 Yawkyawk (white)

Yawkyawk (white)

Artist

Owen YALANDJA
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
1962
 in
Barrihdjowkkeng, West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory

Artwork

Title
Yawkyawk (white)
Date
2009
Medium/Material
ochres on wood
Dimensions
207.0 x 11.5 x 15.0 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased through the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation: TomorrowFund, 2010
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2010/0074
Currently not on display

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White Yawkyawk - Yawkyawk in Kuninijku language means young woman spirit being and different clan groups within Arnhem Land have different custodial stories pertaining to the Yawkyawk spirit. Often compared to western mythologies surround mermaids, Yalandja’s use of intricate detail, fine line and repetitive pattern embody each Yawkyawk with the mystery and allure associated with the traditional stories from Arnhem Land. The Yawkyawk are often said to be seen only from the corner of ones eye. Yalandja’s representations of Yawkyawk are still, quiet and somehow pensive, however still hold all the mystery of the Yawkyawk, as described in traditional Indigenous culture.

Curatorial insightOwen Yalandja is a senior Kuninijku man and artist from Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. Yalandja began to paint after the death of his father, Crusoe Kuningbal, a senior artist and cultural leader in the region. Yalandja has now become a prolific and important artist within the Australian art movement, developing a unique carving process and an aesthetic that is easily identified to his region, and more specifically to him as an individual. Yawkyawk in Kuninijku language means young woman spirit being and different clan groups within Arnhem Land have different custodial stories pertaining to the Yawkyawk spirit. Yalandja’s use of intricate detail, fine line and repetitive pattern embody each Yawkyawk with the mystery and allure associated with the traditional stories from Arnhem Land. (AGWA 2010)

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