Bigga, 2014

MEDIUM aluminium wire and twine
DIMENSIONS 41 x 34 x 140cm

Bigga were used to carry single or multiple fish. A simple way of keeping their catch together as people – men and women – walked up or down a river gathering fish to eat. Instead of carrying the fish singly or in bags a piece of lawyer cane or stick would be used.

One end of the cane/stick would be passed through the gills of the fish and the end would be split and tied around the first fish to prevent the fish from falling off the end. As more fish were caught the cane/stick would then be gradually pushed through each gill so the fish were all collected together on the one piece. At the end of the fishing trip up to 6 or 10 fish could easily be carried by floating them, bundled together in this way, in the water or dragged on the sand. Turtles and eels were also carried in this manner. This artwork is a contemporary form of the Bigga. Made entirely (top to bottom) from one bundle of aluminium wire strands the artwork transitions Daniel’s weaving practice from functional or realistic form to a more abstract depiction of cultural expression.