Guathath Aw Ulakalal (Weak Current) by Dennis NonaGuathath Aw Ulakalal (Weak Current) by Dennis Nona
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Guathath Aw Ulakalal (Weak Current)

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This work refers to the currents that run through the Western Torres Strait and their affect on Dugong feeding patterns. During the night, sea currents change in rhythm with the solar system. From 7pm a strong current draws Dugongs together into a tight herd lead by the Barracutau Garrka (herd leader). At around 1am, when the Milky Way rotates, the current drops allowing Dugongs to swim separate ways and play and eat without constraint. It is difficult for night hunters to locate Dugongs when the current is weak and, as a result, they can feed on reefs without any threat of danger. This is a happy time for Dugongs and in this work they are swimming in different directions exalting in their freedom. Their excitement can be felt in the energetic composition. They are feeding on sea grass (Doam) and their backs are painted in the colours of the sediment that often rises from swirling sea currents.

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Location Australia
Region Torres Strait
Artist Dennis Nona
NWC Nation N/A
Date Created 2005
Dimensions 30.1" X 22.4" unframed 34" X 30" with custom frame
Materials & Edition hand-coloured linocut edition 99

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