Arone Meeks 'Maroo bunji (brothers)'
Linocut printed in black ink from one block.
Edition of 50, 2008.
Published by Djumbunji Press KickArts Fine Art Printmaking
Image size 300 x 150 mm
Paper size: 560 x 380 mm
Paper: Arches BFK 290gsm cotton, (France)
Ink: Van Son (Holland)
Printed by Theo Tremblay, Jessica Arsenault
Arone Meeks, born 1957, is a Kuku Midigi man, currently residing in Cairns. Meeks grew up near El Arish, FNQ, although his country is the area around Laura, Cape York. He completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the City Art Institute in Sydney in 1984 and has forged an impressive national and international career since. Meeks's practice includes painting, sculpture, drawing and public art commissions as well as linoprints, etchings and monoprints. His work appears in many national and international collections, both public and private.
Artwork story: This work tells the story of two brothers travelling through country to the coastline during the start of the wet season. This part of the story tells how they came upon a female water spirit, described in the work as water/wind design. In the background the black line is showing the path they took. Jointly displaying their manhood they threw spears and rocks to frighten the spirit away and continued safely on their way.
Photography: David Campbell.