‘Bunjil and Wah Totems’
I have tried to create a spirit of place before its pre-colonial settlement amplifying the timelessness of the forest by combining the two totems of the Wurundjeri and Taungurung peoples, the eagle and crow.
The Bunjil (eagle) rests on the shoulders of a spirit, while Wah (crow) perches on a shield, held aloft by a hand. The two sculptures are sentinel spirits purveying their surrounds, standing guard, protecting their sacred heritage.
Mike Nicholl's practice revolves around the use of timber to create totemic sculpture influenced by tribal art and beliefs to make comment on issues such as the environment and the tribalness within society.