Colour reduction linocut
Image: 39 x 52cm, Paper: 68 x 55.5cm
As told by the artist:
‘Yirrkala Mission was established in the 1930s and was named after the Yirrkala creek. It was during this time that many of the clan groups moved here from different homelands. It was also during this time that my home on the beach was established. It is known as beach camp. Only two clans live there, the Rirratjiŋu and Gumatj clans who are the Traditional Owners of the land. We are the descendants of the landowners. I was born and raised here. What I see everyday is what I have tried to reflect in this print.
This print represents the mouth of the Yirrkala creek, Mayaŋ. One of the main concerns I have is the amount of rubbish is that left in the creek and in front of the beach. This is damaging our environment. The fish need to breed in the creek. There are other creatures that need the creek to stay clean. Even the children and adults like swimming there.
There is a unique type of freshwater mangrove and other rare flora existing in our creek. There is only one other freshwater creek with the same mangrove species in the Northern Territory. We need preserve and protect it.
Through this print I want to raise awareness of the importance of caring for country.