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Kaiyarr Mabaig (Crayfish Man)

WELDON MATASIA

Size: 59cm x 95cm

Medium: Lino Print

Category: Art Prints / Etchings

$80.00 (Incl GST)

This is my story about kaiyarr (crayfish).I finished high school in Cairns in year 11 and moved back up to Badu Island. I was getting into a bit of trouble in Cairns and it was better for me to return home. Back on Badu Island, there wasn’t much work around but kaiyarr diving gave me an opportunity. I was 16 years old and started working as a diver for my uncles. We’d get up early in the morning before the wind gets too strong, go out in dinghies and dive until about 530pm. I enjoyed being out on the water them days being a Kaiyarr Mabaig. The money was pretty good… but then I met a girl and spent more time with her, finally giving away kaiyarr diving. We now have a son together and I’m an artist at Badhulgaw Kuthinaw Mudh. I now create artwork like this one as a Kuthinil Mabaig (Artist Man) or ‘a creative maker of things’.Weldon Matasia 2011