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Dennis Nona, Margul Urab -Turtle Eggs

Dennis Nona Margul Urab -Turtle Eggs, 2007

View in a room Print 31.5 x 23.6 inch 1 remaining copy


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Dennis Nona, Margul Urab -Turtle Eggs
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    Paris - France

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  • Medium

    Print : etching

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  • Support

    Print on paper

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 45 copies

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    31.5 x 23.6 inch

  • Framing

    Not framed

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  • About the artwork

    The title of this etching speaks of a coconut, full of milk and with a tasty flesh.
    The branches form a kinds of spines from which the coconuts grow.

    The islanders of the Torres Strait had a custom: before the fruit began to form , they used to climb the coconut trees and place turtle eggs in them, so that the coconuts develop as much as possible.
    This is no longer practiced today, but the artist recalls how he used to help his father to practice this ritual in the early ‘80s on the coconut plantation of their family.

    The etching represents the turtle eggs placed on the ends of the branches before the forming of the coconuts.

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    • aboriginal art


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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, Margul Urab -Turtle Eggs
Dennis Nona, Margul Urab -Turtle Eggs

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