Torres Strait Islander Kauraraig Man
Robert Levi was born in the Torres Strait and grew living in many mainland Aboriginal communities, including Cape York.
His first memory of being artistic was from grade three when he took some chalk and drew a large Jurassic Park mural, it was from there that his passion for art and painting began.
Robert creates art as a way of passing on stories, keeping culture alive and inspiring the younger generation. He is a strong advocate for the sharing of authentic Indigenous art and tackling the many issues that have emerged from fake Indigenous art.
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Deep Space Hammer
The hammerhead shark is one of the most feared creatures in the oceans, able to turn at very sharp angles - a nightmare for both fish and fisherman. It is as unique and mysterious as the universe above us.
This is a depiction of the Torres Strait Islander sea lifestyle and water management. There are various Sea Country totems shown, like dugongs, turtles and shellfish. The figures of a man, woman and child represent family healing, and the Dhari (traditional headdress) in the centre of the painting (as seen on the Torres Strait Islander flag) symbolizes the old ways.
The Great Barrier Reef is the backbone of the Torres Strait Islander culture and lifestyle. Dugongs, turtles and sharks are among the major totems. This design represents time, tide and traditions of the Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The Dhangal (Dugong) plays a vital part in the ecosystems of the Northern Australian tropics. Used for its protein-rich meat and medicinal oil, dugongs are one of the major totems throughout the Torres Strait and coastal communities.
This artwork encapsulates the future hope of Indigenous unification, something that is lost at present. Being dutiful to parents, strengthening family ties and taking care of the less fortunate is significant in unifying communities.
This artwork showcases Land Management Dreaming. The Traditional Warriors/Rangers are doing a "backburn" for the regeneration of new trees and grasses, and to prevent harmful widespread bushfires. The dot circle represents the main waterhole where the native animals look for shelter from the heat.
From the rainforest to the reef, one can find these saltwater and freshwater totems in the rock art of our ancestors. The wavy line (in the form of dots in gold and copper) symbolises the totems from inland to sea being affected by the 'non-traditional' abuse of mining metals from the lands. The dark, ashy shades of the background emulating smoke, providing a stark contrast to the foreground. This contrast provides juxtaposition, as the smoky background represents the 'traditional' method of grass burning; a method in which supports a healthy ecosystem for the totems.
Dawn to Dusk
Dawn and dusk can sometimes be the best time for hunting and gathering. The silhouette of the lone warrior (inside the emu) shows him poised, ready with his boomerangs to catch the emu. Emus are best hunted at dusk when they are not as active and there is less visibility. Emus are very sensitive, so the warrior must be calm and very patient if he is to be successful.
On the other side of the painting is a silhouette of a mainland warrior. He is balancing on one foot whilst holding his multi-pronged spear on an angle, scanning the river for barramundis. Barramundis are best hunted at dawn because it is easier for them to find food when there is more sunlight.
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