David Djarrka and Wendy Galanini exhibit Mokuy at Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

Husband and wife collaborators David Djarrka and Wendy Galanini exhibited a collection of Mokuy sculptures at Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, from 15 April to 16 May 2014. Carved from milkwood, painted with natural ochres and adorned with bush string and feather ceremonial dress, the large scale Mokuy were some of the most ambitious the artists have created to date. 

Mokuy are ghosts or spirit men; different Mokuy belong to different clans and have unique personalities. The artists have authorisation to paint and carve the stories of the Djambarrpuyngu clan. David has described his artistic process in this way: "I close my eyes and think about the Mokuy. I see him and I carve and paint how he appears to me... big or small, with dots or feathers for ceremony, red or black or other colours".

Mokuy by David Djarrka and Wendy Galanini. Photo courtesy of Alcaston Gallery

Mokuy by David Djarrka and Wendy Galanini. Photo courtesy of Alcaston Gallery