by delphes desvoivres
@Jussi : I understand your concern. Be sure, I will definitely follow the books’s description so everyone will recodnize it. There would always be a debat about where is the line between Influence and cultural appropriation. I will stay fermerly on the side of Influence without taking any specific art develop by Aboriginals.
The statuette was supposed to be created by an unknown and imaginary Aboriginal community so I have to imagine what it could be with the material that could be found in Australia. And the Sand Bat cultists are mad people, right? So it wouldn’t be a dreamy project to propose to an Aboriginal artist..
Therefore it can’t be call an Aboriginal item or be made with an Aboriginal artist for several resons ( I would have to go to Australia to meet one of them there and hope he’s/she would be interested in such a creepy project, plus developp a partnership for this piece would be way too expensive to product :)
If the source material says it's supposed to be an Australian Aboriginal piece, I feel it would be something of an omission to not make it one ... plus, might that not also be viewed as marginalising Aboriginals, to not let their traditional artistic expression come to the forefront in a context where it's expressly called for, but instead be overwritten by a Western expression?
I am therefore thinking — might you not do this particular sculpture as a collaboration piece together with an Aboriginal artist?