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Kala Lagaw Ya people

Waiben (Thursday Island), Torres Strait Islands, Queensland, Australia born 1975

Koedal Baydham Adhaz Parw (Crocodile Shark) Mask 2010 Place made: Horn Island, Torres Strait Island, Queensland, Australia
Materials & Technique: sculptures, fibreglass, synthetic polymer paint, Cassowary feathers, feathers, raffia and seeds

Dimensions: 130.0 h x 300.0 w x 70.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2010
Accession No: NGA 2010.280
  • Description

    This is a sculpture, an oversized mask in the shape of a shark, by Kala Lagaw Ya artist Alick Tipoti from Horn Island in the Torres Strait. The sculpture is shown in four enlargeable images. It was exhibited as a part of the second National Indigenous Art Triennial, unDisclosed, at the National Gallery of Australia. The sculpture measures at 130.0 cm high x 300.0 cm wide x 70.0 cm deep and was made of fibreglass, synthetic polymer paint, Cassowary feathers, feathers, raffia and seeds.

    Educational value

    • This is an excellent resource for the Responding strand in the 7-8 and 9-10 year bands in the visual arts curriculum, especially for those content descriptions that refer to students responding to the artworks of Australian artists, particularly Torres Strait Islander artists, and considering the broader cultural context and significance of their work.  It may also be useful for teachers of history in year 3 and 4 particularly in relation to content descriptions about the importance of connection to Place for Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
    • The work is of considerable significance for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross-curriculum priority. It exemplifies one of the priority’s organising ideas in relation to Torres Strait Islander people: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have unique belief systems and are spiritually connected to the land, sea, sky and waterways. The resource as a whole connects another organising idea: Australia acknowledges the significant contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people locally and globally. Alick Tipoti (1975-) is recognised as one of Australia’s most significant Torres Strait Islander artists.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra