Abe Muriata is a Girramay man of the Cardwell Range area. A masterful artisan, he is a highly sought after weaver and noted craftsman of Ceremonial shields.
He is inspired by the precision of craftsmanship of traditional baskets known as jawun created by his Ancestors. Abe creates different manifestations of jawun by using other materials like ceramics as well as incorporating recycled and non-traditional materials.
Abe taught himself the weaving technique of the lawyer cane jawun after watching his grandmother make them when he was a child and by studying old examples in museums and galleries. Abe explores different techniques to create finely crafted bi-cornual baskets unique to the rainforest people.
Abe traditional rainforest shields made in the traditional manner and painted with traditional ochres and designs. These shields were once used for sorting out disputes and for ceremonial purposes.
Represented in collections worldwide, Abe represents both himself and the Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre at various events and conferences and is currently advocating with the Indigenous Art Code and Arts Law Australia on the Fake Art Harms Culture program which is aimed at introducing legislation to protect the rights of Indigenous artists.
Artist: Abe Muriata
Cultural Group: Girramay
Materials: Ceramic Sculpture
Dimensions: 27 x 30 x 15cm
Cat # 211-15
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