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Title

Life in the balance

1993


Artist

Ellen José

Australia

1951 -

Language group

Meriam Mer, Torres Strait region


Details


Place where the work was made

Torres Strait Islands Australia


Date

1993


Media category

Installation


Materials used

bamboo, sand, shells, string, globe, rope and video cassette


Dimensions

260.0 x 170.0 x 170.0 cm overall :

f - starfish; 15 x 14.5 x 4.5 cm

g - large hanging conch shell; 53 x 23.5 x 21.5 cm

h - medium conch shell; 25.5 x 21 x 19 cm

i - nautillus shell; 15.5 x 11 x 4.5 cm

e - bamboo shelf


Credit

Purchased 1994


Location

Not on display


Accession number

207.1994.a-j


Artist information

Ellen José

Works in the collection

4


Place

Where the work was made
Torres Strait Islands

Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Board of Studies of New South Wales, Aboriginal Perspective- History Teaching Kit, Sydney, 1995, 14,27,49,53,56,63,93,113. PS Worksheet 287

Margo Neale, Past present: the national women's art anthology, 'Past present continuous: the presentation and interpretation of indigenous art', pg. 20-29, North Ryde, 1999, 23 (illus.). figure no. 3.1

Margo Neale, Yiribana: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection, Sydney, 1994, 114, 115 (colour illus.), 137, 139. plate no. 56