Objects 2019

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13 AM 14743/17
Bruce Bell Whiskey Tango Bravo 2017
Hand carved milk wood & acrylic
310 x 90 x 140mm

In almost all Aboriginal communities throughout Australia, dogs dominate the landscape. The roam the streets in packs and intimidate passers-by and lie in the shade, seeing respite from the midday heat; in the evening, they seek out an 'owner' to feed them leftovers from the day's meal. Collectively they are known as 'camp dogs' and in the case of Aurukun, have the name 'Ku'.

As opposed to law poles and other culturally important sculpture, which are associated with specific clan knowledge, camp dogs generally belong to everyone, enabling members of all groups to collaborate and share an artistic subject.

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