A selection of key stock works by Susan McCulloch
Dennis Nona Ubarrau Pyetutai - Rain For Native Fruits 2005
Etching Paper: 1000mm x 700mm $800 unframed, $1250 framed
There are four different types of rain in this one. When the fruits - Ubaru is a plum fruit, it's a very popular fruit on Torres Strait. Native plum fruit, it's very popular - it's like grapes or something like that. When the fruits' flower comes out it's called Cosa. There's a very soft rain that comes through for a month before the monsoon, a soft rain that comes to Torres Strait for 1 or 2 weeks - like a very soft shower of rain. The old people say that's just for the flower. Then a week after, a little bit heavier rain comes - the language name for that one is called Nurr - it's a little bit heavier now. Nurr is also when the fruit is out - it's bearing and the rain comes at the right time. Then a week or two weeks after that a bit heavier rain comes now, which is called Kobae. Kobae is the fruit that has gone orange and that is the time of the big rain, a little bit heavier rain. Then after that it stops - the rain stops for a while, then that plum fruit turns brown, like a dark purple plum. Then the big rain comes. The fruit is then called Giaasi, meaning the fruit becomes ripe and the big heavy rain does arrive, and it knocks the fruit off the tree. Giassi means the heavy rain and the fruit has gone ripe - it means both. That's the very important rain stages for that particular fruit. In the work there are little pencil frogs - pencil frogs when they make a skinny noise or sharp noise, like c-r-r-r-r, they tell you the small rain is coming, but when you hear the big frogs like br-br-br-, you know there's big fellas coming, big buckets of water. The small one, skinny one is for the small rain.