This Vibrant Exhibition Brings Collectively Conventional Sculpture + Up to date Artwork For A Story On Legacy

Numerous artwork kinds by 9 artists from a small and discrete Aboriginal group on the west coast of Cape York peninsula come collectively on this new exhibition offered by Brunswick Avenue Gallery and Wik & Kugu Artwork Centre; ‘Aak Puul: Artwork From The Wik & Kugu Area’.  

Among the many vibrant ochre and acrylic work by Devena Wikmunea, Leigh Namponan and Janet Koongotema, are a group of iconic camp canine sculptures by Leo Namponan, Bruce Bell, Keith Wikmunea, Leigh Namponan, Lex Namponan, Roderick Yunkaporta and Bevan Namponan. 

Via the illustration of the distinctive visible arts apply belonging to the 5 clans who reside on Aurukun, this exhibition aspires to show to Melbourne audiences the unity and energy of Wik & Kugu tradition.

Keith Wikmunea, senior Wik-Alkan artist explains, ‘”Aak Puul” refers to 1’s Tribal Nation or Homeland. It’s a time period that particularly pertains to an individual’s father’s Nation, and his father’s earlier than him. Aurukun’s visible artwork is intrinsically tied to Aak Puul which finds its expression in an historical performative cultural custom of music and dance.’

Keith’s work within the exhibition, ‘Thiikel – Kencharang Croc’ and ‘Ku’Kencharang’ (a big crocodile and barking canine produced from conventional physique paint designs and ochre on Milkwood) had been created to enrich a set of putting modern work by his daughter, Devena Wikmunea.

Collectively, the daring modern artwork of the ladies in Aurukan and the equally vibrant sculptures by the lads are a part of a cultural continuum rooted within the ancestral previous. 

Keith says, ‘Earlier than time, our outdated individuals carved all their totems together with crocodile, echidna and kangaroo. Every carving has a relationship to a Story Place known as Awa’. There are many Awa’ throughout the Wik & Kugu Lands. These locations are forbidden to the uninitiated and are thought of Ngench Thayan (Sacred Place). The lads’s and ladies’s artwork kinds from Aurukun are all linked to those locations. After we carve our totems, we’re sharing our tales from these vital locations’. 

‘Aak Puul: Artwork From The Wik & Kugu Area’ is open from 15 September to 2 October at Brunswick Avenue Gallery. 

Study extra in regards to the exhibition right here. 

Brunswick Avenue Gallery
Stage 1 & 2
322 Brunswick Avenue
Wurundjeri Nation, Fitzroy VIC