DYLAN SARRA | 'Designer' | Woodblock intaglio print with embossing

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By definition, good design is a functional form with desirable aesthetics. We may be drawn to think about design and its impacts around the modern age and how it shapes our lives today.  The traditional custodians of this land have been using the landscape for thousands of years to influence their own unique brand of design. Making good use of the environment has provided them with the ability to shape and make forms that was not only essential for generations of survival, but allows us to still admire their craftsmanship to this day.   
This print is a view of what shape and aesthetics can teach us about our First Nations people. In the second print of the series, Design is a detailed view of the killer boomerang. Traditionally this hunting tool was hand-carved and shaped so that it could fly silently at speed, over a distance of 100 metres. The scenario allows us to reflect on what the landscape of these hunting grounds would of looked like. Wide open spaces that were maintained and manicured to continually bring in the various animals used as a valuable food source. 
The arrangement of the boomerangs on the print also reflects aesthetically to the viewer's eye. Meaning is placed as the design is transferred to a man's chest and represents ochre patterns for ceremony. In the same manner, if an oval is placed over the arrangement we can see the painted marks placed upon a gulmari. The gulmari is a type of shield that originated from our native country in Central Queensland. 
The making of the print is produced as a continuum of practice to the artist, and presents itself in a way to engage discussion about the true history of the original custodians.

Dylan SARRA, Designer, 2021, woodblock intaglio print with embossing on Hahnemühle paper, 162.2 x 112.3 cm framed.


The gallery copy is an Artist Proof (AP). Editions 2/5, 3/5 and 4/5 are available to purchase.

Please note: editions are printed on demand. Please allow time for printing, signing by the artist and dispatch to your destination.  


The artists in this show tell diverse stories from different First Nations cultures across Queensland, celebrating unique identities; owning the past to forge the future. REPATRIATE is curated by Darren Blackman and will premiere at NorthSite Contemporary Arts in June 2022, as part of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) 2022.