Ngera Dhangal is a particular dugong that swims on its own and is not part of the tupmul (herd). This dugong has a different feeding pattern to the herd. It feeds on its own on the reefs of the islands, leaving patches of seaweed everywhere along the seabed. It returns to its last feeding area over a few nights until the tidal current changes, then it moves to another feeding area and performs the same feeding pattern.
This is an original, limited-edition linocut created by the artist on a lino block and printed by master printmakers David Jones and Tadeusz Jacek Rybinski on 350gsm Magnani archival paper.
- Medium: linocut
- Image size: 16cm x 16cm
- Paper size: 38cm x 28cm
- Edition size: 55
Torres Strait Island artist David Bosun is from the tribe of Wug on Moa Island and grew up in a very sensitive cultural environment. From the age of four he practised traditional dancing and singing. He first became interested in art in grade six after participating in an art class at school. David attended Thursday Island Secondary school and later moved to All Saints and St Gabriel’s Anglican college on the mainland. During high school, he was always in trouble for drawing in class instead of doing his work. In 1996, he took a visual arts course at the Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE. In 1997, when David returned to Moa Island, he met up with his childhood friend Dennis Nona and realised that the career he had been looking for was in fact what had always got him into trouble at school.
David believes that future generations in the Torres Strait and beyond need to be educated about the rich heritage and distinctiveness of Torres Strait culture. He is striving to record and illustrate his ancestral beliefs and traditions through the visual and performing arts. David has also been a member of the Royal Australian Army Reserve and is currently a Councillor with the Torres Strait Island Regional Council. He is a founding member of the Mualgau Mineral Artists Collective, which was very influential in popularising Torres Strait Islander art in Australia and internationally. David’s work can be seen at the National Gallery of Australia, Australian state art galleries and several important overseas art institutions.