Joseph Au, Aypulumay, 2016, linocut print on paper, 200.4x111.5cm (image size), edition of 12
Ayupulumay means hunting or looking for food. During Sageraw Thonar we still have to go out hunting even though the weather on the water may not be good. I feature the totems of my family within my artwork. This work features the crocodile, which is the totem of both my mother and father. In each of the legs there are three bars carved. This mark represents my three kids. The pattern in the background of the print symbolizes the incoming and outgoing tide. When the tide is outgoing the water is calm – we call this Kulis.
Kala Lagaw Ya translation by Alick Tipoti
Aypulumay kedha nidh ay lumayk garpathamayka. Kasa midh wati thonar maluka mayka, ngoey matha pungamik aypulumay wowraw thonarnu. Ngath yaadu palgayk, ngaw buway awgadh ngaw zagethnu muynu. Ina ngaw thatharzinga Koedal, ngaw apu thathiw awgadh. Koedalaw mura ngariya ngaw palayzinga mineral. Ithab il geth thonar mineral ngaw kazil yaadu palgayk. Wara mineral kaliya wanayzimayl ngath thonar tidayk wur ngapa kadak wayika a wur adhaka muluka nurika. Wur nuri, gubaginga, bubu kedha tharayk – Kulis.
Please note: due to the size of this work, editions are printed on demand. Edition limited to 12 prints. Please allow time for printing, signing by the artist and dispatch to your destination.