2014, Linocut Print, Dutch Aquatint Ink, Dutch Etching Paper, 30cm (h) x 20cm (w)
This piece is a part of a collection of eight linocut prints which illustrate the various dance style performed in the eastern Torres Strait Islands entitled, Puleb: Figures used to depict dance style performed in the eastern Torres Strait.
The figures depicted are used to show the verious dance styles, objects used and costumes. These traditional figures are called Puleb. Pulebs are traditionally carved, three dimensional objects, usually human, chiselled out of volcanic rock. These are imbued with a spirit by a Maide Le (sorcery) for protection, used as charm, or the intermediary between the natural and spiritual world.
Tibobo was a dance performance introduced to the eastern Torres Strait. This dance form originates from the Pacific islands but Eastern Islanders gave it their own unique style and form.
Tommy Pau is descendent of the Eastern Torres Strait Islands, his heritage is Australian Aboriginal, Papua New Guinea, Pacific Islander and Asian. He was born in Townsville, North Queensland and lived there as an infant before relocating to Brisbane, Thursday Island, Waiben and Cairns. Pau considers himself an artist who is Indigenous, not as an Indigenous artist. His wide ranging professional practice includes sculpture, carving, printmaking, installation work, digital and multimedia, and anything that grabs his interest. He also writes poetry.
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