Kerry Reed-Gilbert

Community / Language Group: Wiradjuri The Tallman 2013 ceramic 47 x 27 cm

The Tallman is one of sadness for me. I believe the clay allows you to create from the very depths of your spirit. The clay determined that I would create The Tallman in honour of the Aboriginal warrior who was murdered by the police at Palm Island.

The Tallman only has one eye as he didn’t know that he would not live to see the next sunrise. He did not see his death coming.  He has no mouth because nobody heard his cries for help and his shield gave him no protection from the confines of a white man's gaol.