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Adam Magennis (Bunurong), Cultural Ecology Series

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ink and pencil on paper, 2023


This illustration is influenced by the theory of Cultural Ecology. Cultural Ecology is our understanding of people adapting to a diversity of landforms and habitats across the planet. This is prior to humanity positioning themselves for a commercialisation and industrialisation fixation. The essence of Cultural Ecology is where people, families and communities sustainably integrate into a local environment that allows their Culture to grow and flourish.

This illustration depicts my narrative. It depicts my Cultural Ecology Balance within the universe. Its hard to explain in a workshop so I thought I would draw it instead. This is the second illustration I have completed in this style. It's the unique Kaptify Art style. Mediums used are pen, grey led and pencil. I usually don't like specific titles for art. I usually roll with 'Cultural Ecology Series'. Maybe call it 'Uma biik' as I remember watching the Kill Bill series during creating the artwork.


Artist Bio:

Adam Magennis is a Foundational Director of Baluk Arts and Art Director of Kaptify. Adam has over 30 years experience as a Visual Artist. Adam is an active board member of Working Heritage Incorporated, a Qualified Archaeologist and Master Bricklayer. He is also a casual lecturer at La Trobe University in the Masters in Archaeology course and casual youth mentor at Bunjilwarra Healing Service. Adam's passion is geology and beach fossicking.

Adam grew up in Bayswater North and has lived in Mornington for the past 18 years. He went to Tinternvale Primary School, Ringwood Secondary College and Box Hill Tech. Kaptify Art is a unique style that Adam has developed and tinkered with over his journey as a Visual Artist. The Kaptify Art style is influenced by the works of Salvador Dali, the social sciences of archaeology and anthropology, the natural sciences and ecology and geology and the theory of cultural ecology.