Born: 1975, Yam Island, Torres Strait
Lives: Cairns, Qld
Tribe: Iama (Yam)
Totems: Hammerhead Shark (Kurrs);
The bold minar, or infill-design style in Glen Mackie (Kei Kalak)’s work incorporates family totemic designs and his own invented geometric repeating water pattern. He retells the myths and legendary stories he inherited from older family members. As one of Yam Island’s few practising artists he feels he has a responsibility to keep alive the sacred stories of the four brothers who travelled from the north before memory and settled Zenadh Kes, more commonly known as the Central and eastern Torres Strait Islands.
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