I am an Aboriginal arts and cultural youth mentor who supports the maintenance and promotion of culture of the clans of Quandamooka people and region.
My artwork includes acrylic on canvas, sand art on canvas, jewellery design carved from dugong bone and coral. As an environmental/ecological ephemeral art, I create design in the sand using coloured sand, quampie shells, eugarie shells, quampie pearls, black coral, red, blue, green and yellow mineral sands and clay which highlights the celebration of nature and the need to reclaim damaged landscapes, restore ecosystems to establish a balanced coexistence with natural systems.
I commenced my art career in 2000 which includes a spiritual journey through Central Desert for one year. I have been actively involved with Salt Water Murris Quandamooka Artist Collective
Craig Tapp has created site-specific, ephemeral sand art installations in the landscapes of North Stradbroke Island since 2011.
Craig Tapp lives on Minjerribah/North Stradbroke Island. He is a descendant of the Noonuccal and Ngugi people of the Moreton Bay region, Quandamooka Yulu Burri Ba – ‘place of the people of land and sea’.
The art of caring for Country – protecting land, sea, water, air, animals and plants – is the theme of Tappy’s sand art work. His passion is sharing art-making and cultural exchange.
A family man, Tappy’s creative focus is his coloured sand art. He also works in acrylics on canvas, and makes jewellery using Dugong bone, black coral, pipi shells, quompie shells, seeds and echidna quills collected from island beaches, mangroves, sands and the sea.
These natural materials are precious. Tappy crafts limited editions. The making of each piece of jewellery is a spiritual experience, strengthening his connection to Country, people and cultural heritage.