BILLY MISSI | 'Gabau (Wild Yam)' | Hand-coloured Lithograph

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Billy Missi, 1970- 2012, was a Maluilgal man from Mabuiag Island in the Torres Strait. Billy is known as one of the leading printmakers of this region, having exhibited widely and achieved both national and international acclaim. He comes from a respected family of art practitioners and choreographers, from the tribes of Wagedagam, Geomu and Panai in Malu Lilgal (Western Torres Strait).


"Gabau is our people’s main bush food to eat with fish, dugong and turtle meat. Gabau is one of many wild yams which grow in the hills on the Islands in the Western Torres Strait. Other yams are called Kuthai, Buar, Gaine and Suaur. These ground vegetables are prepared just before the monsoon near natural spring sites or in little plots close to wild rainforests."

Gabu | Gabau Wild Yam
lithograph on stone, hand coloured matrix: 330 x 220 mm
edition: workshop proof
printer: Theo Tremblay