David Kolin | Vanuatu b.1983 Weet-bix boy 2006 | Screenprint on Arches paper | 73 x 40cm (comp.) | Acc. 2009.264 | Purchased 2009 with funds from the Bequest of Grace Davies and Nell Davies through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation
Weet-bix boy 2006
This work is part of a larger portfolio created by a group of artists from the Mataso community in Ohlen village, Port Vila, Vanuatu. Most of these young artists are from the post-independence (July 1980) generation. The contemporary nature of these prints is particularly evident in works such as David Kolin’sWeet-bix boy, which draws upon popular magazines and contemporary music culture, particularly reggae and hip hop. Much of the imagery used in the prints is appropriated from the commercial sphere, as television, advertising and contemporary music have merged with local and traditional beliefs and lifestyle. There are however vestiges of the indigenous graphic tradition of sand-drawing in the prints. Sand-drawing is characteristically a linear geometrical design drawn with the fingers into the sand. The sand-drawings are complex, relating to both ritual and practical knowledge, cosmologies and song cycles, and have increasingly been adopted as graphic branding for Vanuatu.