Cairns City Library Literary Trail R
Mark Hayes

Author: Dick Roughsey

Clay impressions are moulded in plaster to form positive textures. This plaster mould is then inlaid with slabs of clay which are pulled out, dried, fired and finally glazed to form the final piece. Mark Hayes says: My inspiration was based on Roughsey's books describing his life as an artist and storyteller. His descriptions of the rich rituals and experiences that he lived suggested to me the symbol of his birthplace—an island southeast of Mornington Island, called Langu-Narnji. He tells of a great cyclone that flattens his island. Like his island, he himself survived whatever was thrown at him and continued to maintain his vitality and cultural identity.

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