Jimmy K Thaiday
Eip Karem Beizam, 2019
Ghost net, rope, twine over wire frame, 127 x 57 x 48cm
To create this Beizam(shark), I stitched reclaimed fishing nets (also known as ghostnets) that drift aimlessly at sea indiscriminately fishing and killing marine animals. Eip Karem Beizamtranslates to ‘shark in the midst of the ocean’. We are recycling these nets, incorporating other flotsam, and making these creatures that gets caught and dies among these deadly drift nets. Sharks are a part of our culture and traditions; they are considered to be an important cultural symbol. It is also a tribal totem for a number of tribes. Sharks have also been portrayed in traditional dance, with the dancers either wearing a facemask or headdress representing the shark and mimicking the movement of the shark. Around the Australian coast, sharks are perceived as dangerous predators, but the marine debris that humans are creating is equally as lethal.