Arone Meeks 'Munuiti (turtle)'

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Linocut printed in black ink from one block.
Edition of 50, 2008.
Published by Djumbunji Press KickArts Fine Art Printmaking
Image size 300 x 150 mm
Paper size: 560 x 380 mm
Paper: Arches BFK 290gsm cotton, (France)
Ink: Van Son (Holland)
Printed by Theo Tremblay, Graham Thoem, Jessica Arsenault

Arone Meeks, born 1957, is a Kuku Midigi man, currently residing in Cairns. Meeks grew up near El Arish, FNQ, although his country is the area around Laura, Cape York. He completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the City Art Institute in Sydney in 1984 and has forged an impressive national and international career since. Meeks's practice includes painting, sculpture, drawing and public art commissions as well as linoprints, etchings and monoprints. His work appears in many national and international collections, both public and private.

Artwork story: This work tells of the fertile freshwater long neck turtle laying her eggs on the riverbank. The figures within her shell are both male and female, representing fertilised eggs. It also warns young women not to rest too close to waterholes as the spirit of a child could enter through her feet and impregnate her.

Photography: David Campbell.