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#10900 LOCATION: Paddington
Published: Brisbane Brisbane, QLD December 2008
Printer: David Jones and Tadeusz Jacek Rybinski
Studio: Under the House of Art Brisbane, QLD
Image size: 1560 mm x 870 mm
Paper size: 1700 mm x 1000 mm
Thurr means tracks of the turtle. It is not a traditional story but one based on the lifecycle of the turtle. The artist wished to produce an etching of much the same story that he executed in an earlier linocut titled, Waru Kazil.
The artist feels compassion for the baby turtle in its struggle for survival from its many predators such as humans, goannas and Frigate birds.
The claw like shapes running up both sides of the Works on Paper represent the tracks the turtle makes when crawling up the beach to lay her eggs.
The turtle eggs are depicted in a sandy colour with baby turtles emerging down the Works on Paper as they head for the blue waters of the sea.
A goanna's head is seen at the base of the V shape element at the top of the Works on Paper. The two prongs at the bottom represent the beak of the Frigate bird and off to the side are the flippers of the mature turtle.