Honokorema kosi frare frare
- Media category
- Materials used
- acrylic on mulberry paper
- 75.8 x 56.1 cm
- Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe 2020".
- Purchased with funds provided by the Patricia Lucille Bernard Bequest 2022
- Not on display
- Accession number
- © Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe
- Artist information
Works in the collection
Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe is an indigenous Yanomami artist from Sheroana, a small community on the Upper Orinoco River in Venezuela. He began making works on paper in the early 1990s under the direction of Mexican artist Laura Anderson Barbata. Barbata’s ‘Rainforest Paper Project, Yanomami Owë Mamotima’ was founded to assist the remote community to preserve their own history, recycle waste paper and create an income. Through this initiative Hakihiiwe studied paper making using recycled materials and began working with acrylic paint to document the oral traditions of his community.
The subject of Hakihiiwe’s delicate line drawings is the Amazon jungle: its animals, insects, plant life, creation stories and spirit world; as well as the symbols and designs used taught to him by his mother. As he remarked to writer and artist, Lauren Moya, “I don’t paint the things I see outside my community or jungle. I don’t invent anything, everything I do is my jungle and what is there.”1
'Honokorema kosi frare frare' is the first work Hakihiiwe has produced using the colour frare frare (yellow).
1. ‘Drawing the Intricate Environment of an Indigenous Venezuelan Community’, by Lauren Moya Ford, 25 October 2021 https://hyperallergic.com/686632/drawing-the-intricate-environment-of-an-indigenous-venezuelan-community/ accessed 14/2/22
Shown in 1 exhibition
23rd Biennale of Sydney (2022), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Mar 2022–13 Jun 2022
Other works by Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe
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