Story/ Artists Statement:
This work is based on navigation by the stars, the boat being both a symbolic vehicle to travel back to the dreaming in and a connection with country, spirit and place.
Contained within this vessel are elements of my childhood �“ the figure with three dillybags, a guiding light (far left), my mother (far right) and the three mangrove men figures. These designs, like those below the boat in the water, are location markers. They talk of the dugong seagrasses, irukandji jellyfish, sea cucumbers and the spawning coral.
Other key elements to the work are the different stages of personal growth through my years as a painter and printmaker and my relationship to place.