Fantastical travels

 

‘All fantasy should have a solid base in reality.’

Max Beerbohm (1872-1956)

 

Max Beerbohm

 

Please join a tour of the creative thought process that lead to my series of prints titled Borneoids.

 

A French made map of Borneo

 

Borneo, the third largest island in the world.

 

The Wild Men of Borneo

 

The mysterious island lends it name to quite a few modern wild man myths such as Hiram and Barney Davis (aka Waino and Plutano) who were transformed into the Wild Men of Borneo earning a great sum of money as side show stars.

 

Statue of cats in Kuching

 

Kuching is the capital of Sarawak, Borneo and is also known as Cat City.

 

Another cat statue, Kuching

 

Cat City is riddled with wacky cat sculptures as well as real life felines nosing around.

 

Dayak headhunter

 

The Dayak are the native people of Borneo.

 

Traditional Dayak tattooing ceremony

 

For the Dayaks headhunting and tattooing are important ritual activities.

 

Borneo tattoo designs

 

The Dayak are traditionally animist in belief and their tattoo designs are sophisticated stylisations of flora and fauna.

 

Rafflesia

 

One particulary impressive plant native to Borneo is the Rafflesia.

 

Borneo rosette design

 

The Iban in particular are a heavily tattooed branch of the Dayak peoples of Borneo.

 

A swanky Iban man

A swanky Iban man

 

The Great Omi (aka Horace Ridler, 1892-1969) was a professional freak.

 

The Great Omi

 

Part of Omi’s side show schtick was claiming to have been captured and tortured via tattooing in New Guinea.

 

George Burchett tattooing Omi

 

Actually he was inked by the ‘King of Tattooists’, George ‘Professor’ Burchett.

 

Dalmatian

 

Who doesn’t love a black and white patterned animal?

 

Rona Green, Dally-boy, 2006, linocut & watercolour, 69 x 55 cm, edition 23

 

Rona Green, Cutter, 2006, linocut & watercolour, 69 x 55 cm, edition 23

 

Rona Green, White Rajni, 2006, linocut & watercolour, 54.5 x 38 cm, edition 23

 

Rona Green, Goo Goo Man, 2006, linocut & watercolour, 54.5 x 38 cm, edition 23

 

Be sure to check out this mesmerising little clip of The Great Omi.

 

 


2 Comments on “Fantastical travels”

  1. Janine says:

    What a wonderful and informative start to my day!
    Thanks Rona!


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