Yawkyawk (white)

Owen YALANDJA: artist

Not On Display

About the work

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.
Yawkyawk (white)
Artist/Maker and role
Owen YALANDJA: artist
ochres on wood
207.0 x 11.5 x 15.0 cm
Production place
Maningrida, West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
Credit line
Purchased through The Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation: TomorrowFund, 2010
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession number

This is one of the sculptures in our collection.