William Mora Galleries

Owen Yalandja - Yawkyawk

2 - 26 February 2005

Yawkyawk (group)
2004, carved and painted wooden sculpture, kurrajong with ochre pigment and PVC fixative

Yawkyawk (detail of face) (2203-04)
2004, carved and painted wooden sculpture, kurrajong with ochre pigment and PVC fixative, H: 167cm

Yawkyawk (group)
2004, carved and painted wooden sculpture, kurrajong with ochre pigment and PVC fixative

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Yawkyawk is a word in the Kunwinjku/Kunwok language of Western Arnhem Land meaning "young woman" and "young woman spirit being". The different groups of Kunwinjku people each have Yawkyawk mythologies, which relate to specific locations in clan estates. These mythologies are represented in bark paintings and sculptures of Yawkyawk beings.

 

 

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