Joel Sam 'Bu (trumpet shell)'

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Linocut printed in black ink from one block
Edition of 30, 2011
Published by Djumbunji Press KickArts Fine Art Printmaking

Image size: 300 x 400mm
Paper size: 600 x 800mm
Paper type:BFK Rives white
Editioning printers: Hannah Parker

Artist: Joel Sam
Lives: Cairns, raised Bamaga, Cape York

Artwork statement: This shell represents the island telephone. In the old days the shell was used by chiefs to put a call out to the men to prepare for a tribal battle. In more modern times it is used for ceremonial and dancing purposes. The patterned sections of this print represent the breakers (waves) coming towards the islands, which are protected by the reef where the shell is found.

Artist Bio: Joel Sam's family lives in Bamaga and originates from Saibai Island. Born on Thursday Island, he currently lives in Cairns, having finished his art studies in 2005 with a Diploma of Art from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Visual Arts Course at the Tropical North Queensland TAFE. Over the last 4 years he has been developing an art practice and technical skills in the medium of the linocut. Joel's artworks are inspired by his culture, and the images are of sea creatures that live in and around the Torres Strait, such as turtles, squid, the fish of the reef and the shells and corals of the Coral Sea. Joel is a regular exhibitor at KickArts, and Djumbunji Press is publishing several of his new prints.