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Indigenous Art Code member
ABOUT THE ARTIST
I am Ngiyampaa woman born on Gadigal land (Sydney) and grew up on Wiradjuri (Griffith) and Yugambeh (Gold Coast) country before moving down to Ngunnawal country in 2012. From when I was a young child I had always loved to paint and I did stop for a few years to focus on my university degree. However, towards the end of my degree I realised I needed to go on a healing journey and so I turned back to painting. I have been painting consistently ever since and used the knowledge from my degree to turn my passion from a hobby into a small business in 2018.
For many years I struggled with the desire to create art because I was unable to shake the feeling of disconnection. I have often been questioned about my heritage due to my lighter skin, the non-traditional colours and stories of my paintings. My great grandmother was part of the Stolen Generation and was taken to Cootamundra Girls Home (CGH), and the traditional stories and methods of my mob were not passed down. However, when I moved to the ACT in 2012 I started my personal journey to build a new connection to my culture.
In early 2017 I chose to make peace with my lack of knowledge of traditional stories and instead, made the decision to move forward with incorporating my own journey and experiences into pieces of artworks. I have also extended this to incorporating the journeys of others, be that of individuals or organisations, and turning them into personal pieces of artwork. The following year in July 2018 I made Marrawuy Journeys an official business.
A thank you to my supporters
I am a contemporary self-taught artist but have had a lot of support and encouragement over the years and would like to thank you all. Thank you to my parents, grandmothers, aunty and uncles for encouraging me from a young age. Thank you to my brother Sam who followed me down to Canberra a year later and continues to be a big promoter of me through his work and sporting endeavours. Thank you to my wonderful husband Darren for his ongoing support and allowing me to overtake his shed with boxes of blank canvas. Thank you to my past and current work colleagues from Dept of Finance, PwC and PIC for their ongoing support. Thank you to all my clients for your business and entrusting me to create pieces of artwork that reflect your personal journeys. And a big thank you to the Aboriginal artists who have inspired and supported me over the years. Two in particular are Dhala Dreaming and Burrunju Gallery. Dhala Dreaming used to have a store at Harbour Town on the Gold Coast that I always loved going into. I can remember being inspired by their beautiful pieces and vibrant colours and having a chat and sharing guidance with me. Then when I moved to Canberra and had almost given up on finding a gallery to showcase my pieces, the Burrunju gallery saw my pieces at a NAIDOC festival and said bring them in and have encouraged and supported me ever since. Thank you all.
The meaning behind Marrawuy Journeys
Marrawuy (Mar-ra-way) in my ancestors’ language of the Wongaibon people means Red Kangaroo. From my research, I have been able to find a family tree that shows that the totem of one of my ancestors, Richard King, was a Red Kangaroo. This is one of the reasons I have chosen to go by Marrawuy Journeys but the other is the fact that a Kangaroo can’t easily jump backwards. This also resonates strongly with me because no matter what challenge I am thrown, I keep moving forward.
PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Prints of original artworks
Acknowledgement of Country
I wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land I live, work and paint on, the Ngunnawal people. I wish to acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.
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