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Yaama, welcome to the Yaraay Collection. Yaraay is pronounced ya-r-eye.
I am honoured to dedicate the Yaraay Collection to Karen Flick, a proud Gamilaraay Yuwalaraay yinarr who our family and communities recently lost. Karen helped paved the way for our people to learn and speak Gamilaroi Ularoi anguage. Karen assisted in the Gamilaroi Ularoi dictionary and her voice is recorded on the GaayGaray app speaking language.
I am grateful for Karen's love for culture and her babies Zieha and Janda who I consider my bawaa and dhagaan (sister and brother). Karen's legacy and love for her culture will live forever.
Yaraay means sun in Gamilaroi language and is the inspiration behind this collection. This collection is inspired by my love for sunsets and sunrises. It is symbolic of the colours, textures and the journey the yaraay makes across Country.
All language featured throughout is Gamilaroi or Ularoi.
Yaraay Yaari-y is Lakkari's interpretation of Yuwalaaraay Country at sunset. Seen throughout is rock formations, shell middens, dhinawan (emu) tracks, people sitting around wii (fire) and mayan (waterholes). The middle circle is symbolic of the yaraay, representing it's power and the life it gives to Country and our people. The dark background is symbolic of dusk/night.
This artwork symbolises the Yaraay Dhurra-li (the sun rising). It is symbolic of rays of sunshine. Country is represented at the top and bottom of the artwork, symbolising how the sun awakens us and Country. Yaraay Dhurra-li is all about people coming together to celebrate and be joyful.
This piece centrally features the garrul (halo around the sun). Country is featured throughout the artwork representing how Gunima (Mother Earth) and we receive life from the yaraay. The blue, white, yellow and brown colour palette is symbolic of the colours seen in gunagala (the sky).
YARAAY YUURRILA I
Yaraay yuurrila means the sun's spirit and is a series of two artworks which are symbolic of yaraay shining down on Country. Yaraay Yuurrila I and II centrally features the yaraay with many people and Country around it. These artworks are symbolic of how the yaraay yuurila nurtures us.
Blue Gunagala's colour palette reflects the blue seen in gunagala (they sky). This artwork depicts Lakkari's interpretation of the yaraay rising. This artwork is full of texture, symbolic of the look of yuru (clouds) seen in gunagala.
PINK + BLUE YURU
This artwork's arch is full of texture and beautiful pastel pinks + blues, symbolising the colours created in the yuru (clouds) during sunrise and sunset. The blue circles on the outside represent mirii (stars) seen in the sky at dusk and dawn.
Symbolised in the middle arch of Pink Gunagala is many people with Gunimaa (Mother Earth). Pink Gunagala's texture is symbolic of the yaraay's rays and reflects the pale pink seen in gunagala (they sky) at sunset.
YARAAY YUURRILA II
Yaraay yuurrila means the sun's spirit and is a series of two artworks which are symbolic of yaraay shining down on Country. Yaraay Yuurrila I and II centrally features the yaraay with many people and Country around it. These artworks are symbolic of how the yaraay yuurila nurtures us. Yaraay Yuurrila II original is only available for sale. No paper or canvas prints will be available to purchase.
Thank you for viewing the Yaraay Collection
Love Lakkari xx
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