This is one in a series of ten lithographs that depict an abstract interpretation of the more ephemeral aspects of Torres Strait Islander tradition and everyday life. The print is about the search for mangrove mussels that are a favoured food source of the Torres Strait Islanders.
The location of the mussels are revealed by small breathing holes made by the mussels that are seen on the surface of the mud surrounding the mangrove outcrops and which are depicted in the print. The mussels are detected by feeling for the shells by moving ones feet around in the mud. The artist’s actual footprint has been incorporated into the lithographic plate from which the work has been printed.