Matilda Nona: Tirra Lumaik

8 March

March 30, 2024

Outer Space

‘Tirra lumaik’ is the movement of the north westerly Kuki wind that blows from November to March each year on Badu Island. This wind will continue to build in search of its direction—from the North, South, East and West. When Kuki finds its path, it will blow cyclonic winds and storms.

Much like the swell of this searching wind, Tirra lumaik traces a significant intersection of Matilda Nona’s practice, as she builds upon her central lino carving practices and traditional methods of printmaking, to experiment with natural pigments and sand-painting practices endemic to Badu. Through the utilisation of cultural symbolism, totems and personal motifs, such as shells, native fauna and the Koedal (crocodile), Matilda recounts and expands upon First Nations storytelling to provide new and innovative perspectives on Torres Strait Islander culture.

Tirra lumaik is Matilda’s first solo exhibition and charts both her personal, artistic and spiritual journey as she comes into her own.

Exhibition Opening: 6-9pm, Friday 8 March 2024

Image: Matilda Nona holding pieces of cut mangrove on Badu Island. Process image. Photo: Keemon Williams

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