An image of A canoe of many passengers

Michael Tuffrey

(Australia  – )

Matatia Warrior

( – )

Avril Ahwang

(Australia  – )

Warren Brim

(Australia  – )

Ethel Sambo

(Australia  – )

Bianca Mahoney

(Australia  – )

Glen Mackie

(Australia 1975 – )

Community
Cairns, Rainforest region
Language group
Kala Lagaw, Torres Strait region

Anna Eglitas

(Australia  – )

Sheila Sparks

(Australia  – )

Vicki Igibi

(Australia  – )

A canoe of many passengers

Location
Not on display
Further information

My time at the Cairns TAFE college was to tutor students in a series of woodblock printing workshops. The dynamic at the art school was very open and fluid in terms of students’ interplay between the visual arts and music departments. My approach to tutoring the medium was how I came up with the concept of the artwork, ‘A Canoe of many passengers’ which led me to co-operative ‘fono’ (meaning) for coming together with the students.
It was extremely open in terms of what each student would contribute, and given the diverse cultural dynamics from within, Pacific wide, it was amazing as the project evolved. The cross-cultural symbolisms and mythologies, the ‘canoe’ form simply as a metaphor, offered a foundation to the students for a visual language outside the wider dialogue it would offset. Artist’s statement 2004

Place of origin
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Year
1998
Media
Print
Medium
woodcut
Dimensions
83.0 x 210.0 cm sheet; 100.1 x 225.6 x 6.4 cm framed
Signature & date

Signed l.r., pencil 'G. Eglitas'. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased with funds provided by Vicki Olsson 2016
Accession number
55.2016
Copyright
© the artists, courtesy Editions Tremblay