Gaagal means ocean in Gumbaynggirr. Mum and I are Gumbaynggirr custodians and the Ocean is our totem.
The painting was inspired by Deb and Andy and celebrates both our connection to water as neighbouring nations - Being Birapi and Gumbaynggirr peoples of the east coast of NSW. We just want to express our heartfelt appreciation to both Deb and Andy for giving us the opportunity to showcase our beautiful culture on Australia's best TV show, The Block.
We created the symbol in the middle which represents a meeting place where people come together and connect.
The circles around the outside are neighbouring tribes, friends and family journey along the pathways (lines) and meet in the middle to share stories, culture, food and celebrations.
The artwork is printed onto
Breathing Color, Lyve Premium Matte Canvas, 390 gsm, Archival Life 100+ years
Made in USA
Coated with 2 coats of
Glamour 2 Archival varnish
All prints are copies of the original piece created by Melissa & Lauren in their little home studio on Gumbaynggirr country and printed locally onto canvas. Each print comes with an Archival Quality Certificate to ensure that you are getting the highest quality canvas and printing services set forth by Fine Arts Trade Guild.
This piece comes either stretched and framed in a signature Miimi&Jiinda Raw Oak Timber frame ready to hang, or you can choose un stretched and un framed and rolled.
(Our framing in done in our Miimi & Jiinda studio on Gumbaynggirr Country)