Cairns artist Tommy Pau will showcase his constellation inspired works at Moranbah's Coalface Art Gallery from February 5 to March 26.
Cairns artist Tommy Pau will showcase his constellation inspired works at Moranbah's Coalface Art Gallery from February 5 to March 26. Contributed.

Constellation inspired art

ETCHED into his memory as a child, as Tommy Pau looked up to the starry sky he listened to his elders explaining the intricate details of using constellations as a navigation tool.

Space and time will be unveiled at Coalface Art Gallery through Mr Pau's Ad Wer: Story of the Stars exhibition.

Mr Pau's body of linocut print artworks is based on the constellations and astronomy used for navigation by Eastern Torres Strait Islanders.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said Mr Pau's work is something Isaac residents shouldn't miss out on seeing.

"Mr Pau is committed to keeping old traditions alive and believes that culture must remain true to the past in order to move with the times to exist in the future,” Mayor Baker said.

"Tommy's art forms of choice include printmaking, painting and three dimensional sculptures. We are proud that our Coalface Art Gallery will showcase these important works.

"Mr Pau is a descendent of the Eastern Torres Strait Islanders with Australian Aboriginal, Papua New Guinea, Pacific Islander and Asian heritage. His father instilled in him the importance of keeping culture strong through cultural practice.”

Torres Strait Islanders observe the stars to govern their cosmos; to navigate, to plan, to plant, to study symbiotic relationships of space and time. Over thousands of years, these observations have been recorded and etched into memory and passed down verbally to the next generation.

Mayor Baker said Isaac residents are welcome to attend the official launch of the exhibition on Wednesday, February 7 from 6pm.

"Come along to enjoy some light refreshments while viewing this wonderful collection of linocuts,” Mayor Baker said. "The exhibition runs from Monday, February 5, 2018 to Monday, March 26, 2018.”

This exhibition, toured by Umbrella Studio is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments.

For more details on what's on offer at Isaac Libraries visit www.isaac.qld.gov.-

au/library-arts-culture.



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