Short Hair Cow Hide

Short Hair Cow Hide

Mervyn Street

This is my third cowhide. I thought to use this hide to do something different to tell that story about short horn cows. Now all the short horn cows are finished up here, it's brahman now, which has tough hair and hard to carve.
When I was young and working on the station we were mustering and eating short horn cows. When they bought in equal pay we had to move away from community on country and come to town. Then Kartiya (white people) went around in the helicopter and bull buggie muster shooting all the short horn cows and scrub bull to get rid of them and then they brought in Brahman. It's all changed form the early cattle days. With the short horn cows, people used a horse to go out and muster. Now days they mostly use helicopter and before helicopters they used small Cessna planes.

210cm x 190cm 

Mixed media on leather hide with hair

Mervyn Street

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Gallery: Mangkaja Arts