My approach to my works develops from the question; what’s the story? Represented by a visual symbolic narration. I let the story tell me what elements and principals of design, symbolic language and mark making techniques I need to bring together to create.
My first experience in symbolic language came from the teachings of my mother on our traditional lands. Telling story on the black soil with her hands. I learnt to map my country and understand my culture through symbols and language.
I don’t manufacture art, I create for a purpose. To debate and challenge dialogue around western cultural ideologies, to showcase Australia’s First Nations, history and story.
It is my way of sharing, teaching, keeping culture and people strong, building a sense of identify, connection and place, celebrate and embrace diversity.
I am a descendant of the Bigambul people of the Goondiwindi region. From an early age I learnt to map my country, follow seasons, and understand cultural knowledge. In 2016 as a cultural leader for my people we achieved a Native Title Consent Determination recognising my people as the traditional people for the lands I grew up on as a child.
In 2018 I was selected the winner of the National NAIDOC Poster Art Award-showcasing and celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women. Because of Her We Can!
In celebrating the NAIDOC theme for 2018 I was the artist selected by google to create a google doodle to pay respects to the achievements of Mum Shirl.
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