'Gunamidjindawa (Saltwater)' by Jason Lee
Jason Lee is a self taught artist who was born and raised in Darwin, Northern Territory.
Having grown up next to saltwater and learning his Gulumerrdjin (Larrakia) culture from his mother, Uncles, Aunties and brothers and sisters this sparked an interest in art and this interest was cultivated during his teenage years and further developed when he started learning the Larrakia language. Jason’s artistic influences come from his Larrakia ancestry and the Larrakia Language and cultural practices.
His art is a mix of contemporary and traditional styles. Jason has always been fascinated by images and how the world is represented through art
ABOUT THE ARTWORK
Saltwater holds great significance for the Larrakia people, the traditional owners of the Darwin region. For the Larrakia people, the saltwater environment is deeply intertwined with our cultural identiy, providing sustenance, spiritual connections, and a rich tapestry of stories and traditions. It is a place of gathering, fishing, and trading. The Larrakia have nuturured a profound understanding of the rhythms and cycles of the sea. For the Larrakia, saltwater is not merely a physical realm but a living entity that symbolises the ongoing connection between the Larrakia people and our ancestral lands, fostering a sense of belonging and a legacy to be treasured for generations to come.
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Mural Location: 42 Stuart Highway