Colour reduction linocut
Image: 45 x 28cm Paper: 60 x 45cm Somerset
As told by the artist:
‘So this print shows you how the maṉḏi (crayfish) grow from very little maṉḏi into a fully grown maṉḏi. I have a close connection to this painting that is my Grand mother’s dreaming. Maṉḏi is my favourite seafood from the ocean. They hide under the coral reef. We, as Yolngu know the season for it, and when to collect them. Sometimes in the dry season in the night time when there is no moon light. So it is very important to have seasons for hunting everything in the sea.
My name is Theo Dimathaya Burarrwanga. I graduated at the local School in Yirrkala but before that I went to St Joshua College down in Geelong. I really want to learn something new for my future. I’ve been working for the Gumatji Corporation, for nearly five years. I’ve enjoyed every thing that I learn from my people and work place. When I was really young I loved drawing pictures of nature. So that really keeps me motivated and art is like my dream.’