Au Karem Ira Lamar Lu – Ghost Nets of the Ocean
A marine ecology installation created by Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous collaborating artists from Erub Arts on Erub (Darnley Island), Torres Strait, Australia.
About Ghost Nets
Made from abandoned fishing nets and recycled plastics, these ghost nets are colourful woven sculptures featuring an outrigger canoe, fish, turtles, squid and jellyfish.
These works show peoples connections to the sea and inspire awareness of ocean pollution, recycling and promote conservation of the marine environment.
A seemingly harmless piece of discarded fishing net, left to drift in the ocean can strangle a sea turtle travelling to its nesting ground. Sharks, fish and other marine life all over the world have also suffered similar fates through entanglement in fishing nets.
“The ocean holds all mankind together, we are all connected by it and we must look after it.” - Florence Gutchen, Erub Artist
Au Karem Ira Lamar Lu - Ghost Nets of the Ocean exhibition is the largest collection of ghost net art in the Southern Hemisphere. Many of these works have previously been displayed at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore and the Tarnanthi Festival, AGSA.
Featuring colourful woven sculptures of turtles, sharks, sardines, coral and more, they carry a message from the Torres Strait for the world to heed: the oceans are connected to everyone. Humans everywhere are affecting the world's oceans. This beautiful catalogue from the exhibition is made from recycled paper, reflecting the concept of the installation.