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TOGA Contemporary Art Award 2012 catalogue




Art, Modern -- 21st Century -- Northern Territory -- Exhibitions; Art, Australian -- Northern Territory -- Exhibitions

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David Djarrka and Wendy Galanini love to go hunting with their families, sit with their children, and tell them stories about the old times. Typical of Yolngu life in Arnhem Land. Most of their time is spent with the family. They love to hunt for stingrays and fish and collect oysters and yams. Djarrka and Galanini collaborated on the carving of these mokuy figures, which are ghosts or spirit men. Djarrka has described his artistic process in this way: Iclose my eyes and think about the mokuy. Isee them and I carve and paint how they appear to me... big or small, with dots or feathers for ceremony, redor black or other colours. They have the authority to paint and carve the stories of the Djambarrpuynu clan. Different mokuy belong to different clans and have unique personalities. Thesemokoy are hunting. Biography David Djarrka and his wife Wendy Galanini Yunupingu work in collaboration. Together they collect the wood for their mokuy carvings discussing the stories and characteristics each raw piece of wood will ultimately take on. Every aspect of each work is discussed with Djarrka generally carving and Galanini painting. Djarrkagrew up in Galiwinku with his family. When he married Galanini they lived in Milingimbi for two years and then moved back toElcho Island. Djarrkas traditional homeland is Nurrurruytjurr on the mainland. Djarrka has four children from his first wife who live with their mother on Howard Island. Galaninihas four children from her first husband whoalso lives in Galiwinku. David Djarrka and Wendy Galanini Hunting Mokuy Timber and acrylic paint / 41 x 5 x 7 cm 33

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