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Dennis Nona, Wati Kisai - Bad Moon

Dennis Nona Wati Kisai - Bad Moon, 2008

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    Professional art gallery
    Paris - France

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  • Signature

    Signed artwork

  • Medium

    Print : eau-forte

  • Themes

    Aboriginal art, Everyday life, Etching

  • Support

    Print on paper

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 45 copies

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    18.1 x 13 x 1.2 inch

  • Framing

    Beige wood frame

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  • About the artwork

    Encore récemment, les habitants du détroit de Torres empêchaient les enfants de regarder la pleine Lune. Ils croyaient que les Mari - ou “mauvais esprits” - qui se trouvent autour de la Lune à ce moment pouvaient abîmer les yeux des enfants en bas âge.

    Les dommages occasionnés par les rayons de la Lune n’étaient pas sensés apparaître immédiatement, mais pouvaient se manifester des années plus tard.

    Dennis se rappelle que quand il était un petit enfant il était toujours accompagné d’un adulte qui couvrait sa tête et ses yeux à chaque fois qu’il allait dehors en période de pleine Lune.

    Les petits personnages à l’intérieur de la composition représentent des enfants protégeant leurs yeux des rayons de la Lune.

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Dennis Nona

Born in: 1973


Dennis Nona was born in 1973 on the Badu Island. He comes from the Torres Strait, from one of the two ?indigenous? communities in Australia (in the Northern part of the continent).

He is a print artist and a sculptor and, through his art, he tells the legends of his people. He is considered to be one of the best representatives of Australian printmaking. His favorite techniques are the linocut and the aquatint; he uses these techniques because he thinks the texture of the paper, the fabrication techniques and the ink and pigments give strength to the universe he creates.

Dennis Nona reinterprets the patterns of the traditional mask drawings that evoke the legends of the Torres Strait and of Papua New Guinea, so his artworks are veritable ?chanson de gestes?.

His works are unique combinations of traditional totemic representations that often have marine subjects (turtles, fish, lobsters), of invented shapes and characters that seem to come from Hieronymus Bosch?s paintings, and subtle arabesques as a background for these narratives.

Beyond its visual dimesion, the graphic work of Dennis Nona is a ?defense and illustration? of the culture of his native region.
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Dennis Nona, Wati Kisai - Bad Moon
Dennis Nona, Wati Kisai - Bad Moon

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