"The artwork reflects the moment the low gentle waves bring the Eugaries (shellfish) into a vertical position which then dig down and disappear within a second - sharing a truly special moment.
Anyone who has spent time on back beach~main beach on North Stradbroke Island may have witnessed this. It also speaks of the places where our people have gathered and the memories of those gatherings. And a space where people continue to gather. Over time, the shells are weathered revealing patterns and the edges are made smooth."
These are designed on Minjerribah, North Stradbroke Island by Delvene Cockatoo-Collins.
Delvene is a First Nations and whose family belong to the Quandamooka region. Delvene lives and works on Minjerribah - North Stradbroke Island. As an independent Aboriginal artist, Delvene operates out of a small studio and retail store in Dunwich, providing handmade ceramics, small sculptural works, and hand printed homewares.
Through these mediums she expresses the stories of her family’s lived experiences on North Stradbroke Island, and her responses to images and texts related to her family.
Recurring themes across Delvene’s work is the relationship to her great-great grandmother, through a body of work, titled Six Generations, Traditional mat making techniques, and the use of clays and pigments found across Quandamooka including the islands and mainland around Moreton Bay.