End of year student art exhibition, Tropical North Queensland College of TAFE
Private Collection, Qld
Dennis Nona was born on Badu (Mulgrave Island). He was taught the art of traditional wood carving as a young man and sat at the feet of his father and other Elders learning the unique myths and legends of the western Torres Strait Islander people. In his late teens, he attended the Tropical Far North Queensland College of TAFE and the Canberra School of Art where he trained as a master printmaker. His exploration and skill as a carver of intricate designs led him to develop his practice carving into Linoleum and engraving etching plates. In time this contemporary visual expression became a new means to retell the great creation stories of the Torres Strait Islanders.
This ceramic piece was made early in his career while studying at the TAFE in Cairns. The Title, Kurrs-iew Kuiok, refers to the spirit heads of two hammer head sharks. These creatures roam around shallow reefs of Badu Island in search of stingrays and are feared by the local inhabitants.Share