Sea Turtles are an important totem for Torres Strait people. They lay their eggs in the sand of our beaches and we gather them as a nutritious food source.
By making this work, I am celebrating that I am a salt water person. I've used ghost net and sea coral to create a male, and a female turtle. The male is the smaller of the two.
The Gulf of Carpentaria is a hotspot for ghost net because it is a fertile fishing ground for small and large - scale fishing enterprises. These nets drift in the ocean, trapping and killing sea life. Most of the ghost net found on Australian coasts come from Thai, Vietnamese, South Korean and Chinese boats operating illegally in the Arafura Sea and Timorese Sea.
By using ghost net creatively in making my artwork, I hope I will help raise awareness, both nationally and internationally, of the immense environmental impact of these nets in our oceans.
|ARTIST: Steven Kepper
|Ghost Net Sculpture wall hanging 17 x 145 x 64 and 17 x 10 x 100 x
|Price does not include packaging or freight.