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  • Laila Thaker Laila Thaker (Meriam, Badulaig), Koedal

Laila Thaker (Meriam, Badulaig), Koedal

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synthetic polymer paint and water on canvas, 2022


"Koedal" meaning our totem "Crocodile", is part of a series I created called the "Pamle Series". It began from photos I took of my homelands. Capturing the sands, rocks, muds, bark - every unique part of the land that took care of me growing up. Using acrylic and water, I would mix and create the colours captured then use the "fluid technique" to paint on canvas. I'm fascinated with the variables of this technique and medium where the final product is mostly never contrived. Each piece can take 3 - 7 days to create, and is dedicated to the stories and strength of my ancestors.


Artist Bio:

Laila Thaker is a fearless Torres Strait Islander (Meriam/Badulaig woman). As a First Nations Performer and Artist, Laila has over fifteen years experience in the creative industries.

Currently creating under “Black Shell”, Laila draws inspiration from the formations, textures and colours of her ancestral homelands. "I like to call my art practice a contemporary manifestation of my connection to Country."

INSTAGRAM: @blackshell_art