Tommy Pau 'Mask dancers'

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Linocut printed in black ink from one block
Edition of 10, 2011
Published by Djumbunji Press KickArts Fine Art Printmaking 
Editioning printer: Elizabeth Hunter

Image size: 605mm x 900mm
Paper size: 800mm x 1200mm 

Artist: Tommy Pau
Region: Torres Strait. Born in Townsville, raised Cairns/Thursday Island
Born: 1967

Catalogue ID: TOPA001

Artwork story: Dancers wear masks to protect them from the spiritual world. It is a disguise hiding their true identity when performing rituals. Dancers also are endowed with the character and spirit of a certain mask, which have been invoked into the mask with magic, thus only certain persons can wear them and perform the intended rituals.