NOTEBOOK: Arone Meeks; Blak Flair
Blank 80 page notebook printed on recycled paperstock with soy based inks.
ARTIST: Arone Meeks was born in Sydney in 1957, but grew up in Cairns before returning to Sydney to attend art school. Meeks has been proactive as a founding artist with the Boomalli Aboriginal Artists' Collective in Sydney and initiating the annual NAIDOC exhibition at the Tanks Art Centre in Cairns. These activities create dialogue between communities and showcase what indigenous artists have to give. He has been awarded significant fellowships including the first indigenous Australian residency at Cite des Arts in Paris. Arone produces paintings, sculpture and prints that express a passion for country, spirituality, sexuality and politics. His path is one that redefines his connections through art mediums.
ARTWORK DETAILS: Munuiti (turtle), linocut printed in black ink from one block, edition of 50, 2008, 300 x 150 mm. Published by Djumbunji Press KickArts Fine Art Printmaking.
ARTWORK STORY: This work tells of the fertile freshwater long neck turtle laying her eggs on the riverbank. The figures within her shell are both male and female, representing fertilised eggs. It also warns young women not to rest too close to waterholes as the spirit of a child could enter through her feet and impregnate her.
Blak Flair is a KickArts creative merchandise project that has been generously supported by the Christensen Fund. The project aims to develop a collection of merchandise that portrays the work of Indigenous artists from Far North Queensland to promote their work and cultural importance to the broader community.
Dimensions: 210 x 150mm