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Alick Tipoti 'Samul Mawa (Sorcerer Mask with Cassowary Feathers)'

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Alick Tipoti,  Sorcerer Mask with Cassowary Feathers

2012, Linocut, edition of 50

Image size: 660 x 400 mm, Paper size: 800 x 600mm

Printer: Theo Tremblay, Studio: Editions Tremblay NFP, Cairns QLD. 


Linocut, hand-coloured, 2012
Edition of 50
Published by the Australian Art Print Network
Image size: 660 x 400 mm
Paper size: 800 x 600 mm
Editioning printer: Theo Tremblay, Editions Tremblay NFP Cairns QLD

Artist: Alick Tipoti  
Language: Kala Lagaw Ya of the Maluilgal ( mid western island) 

Artist: Alick Tipoti, born 1975, is one of the foremost Torres Strait printmakers. He holds an Associate Diploma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art from TNQITAFE and a Bachelor of Visual Art (Printmaking) from Canberra Institute of Art, ANU. He is committed to preserving the languages and cultural traditions of the Zenadh Kes (Torres Strait) region. He won the Telstra Award for a work on paper in 2003 and 2007 and the Lin Onus Youth Art Prize in 1998. His practice includes sculpture as well as printmaking, and his work is held in numerous national and international collections.  

Story: Samul is the plural of Samu meaning Cassowaries in the Kala Lagaw Ya language of the Maluyligal people of Zenadth Kes (Torres Strait).
The feathers have been traded with the people along the East coast of Papua New Guinea for centuries. They are used for decorating numerous items including masks, weapons and costumes.
Every part of the Samu was used.