Arone Meeks, Irukandji Season
Edition of 50, 2008.
Paper: Arches BFK 290gsm cotton, (France)
Ink: Van Son (Holland)
Published by Djumbunji Press KickArts Fine Art Printmaking
Printed by Theo Tremblay
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 of the start of the wet season when new life begins as the 'Wet' creates the freshwater falls. It winds and cuts its way to the coastline where the richness of the earth is mixed and washes the Irukandji eggs into the ocean to begin its season. Favourite food of the Sea turtle, this work represents for me the ongoing rejuvenation and life-cycles of not only country, but also our mob.
Photography: David Campbell.