This is the beginning of my story. The story of how I came to exist in this world as part of the Bundjalung nation.
Check my posts that follow for some family history and the story woven into this painting.
Yaama! Excited to announce I have joined the Black Door Gallery Aboriginal Art Mob in Penrith, Sydney. So excited to be exhibiting work alongside a number of incredibly talented Aboriginal artists around the country.
Thanks @black_door_gallery for this opportunity. Go check out the page and the other Aboriginal artists. 🖤💛❤️
'Tree of Life - Our Community'.
50cm round, acrylic on wooden board.
This commission piece, based off the same design as 'Her strength in us', captures my clients family and community story. This piece encompasses Jess' connection to family (central circles), place (cracked earth and base of tree), community (outer circles and purple dotted lines) and the tree of life along with her connection to the Brindabella mountains, water, birds, flowers (at base of tree) and a sense of feeling grounded with significant seasonal change here in Ngunnawal country (as represented going up the tree trunk). I was so overly excited to do this commission. I sometimes feel when completing work that I want to change things or explore further, and this piece and my client allowed me to do so.
Thanks Jess for the creative freedom with this piece, I'm so honoured to visually bring your story to life.
Photos by @brendanboeckphotography
GoodMorning Tribe! ✦
I've Been a little quiet here on IG, but behind the scenes I've been working very hard ✋🏾
The past few months I've spent time learning new jewellery techniques, different types of settings, using 9k Gold and 24K gold in my work, setting raw stones, metal texturing and forming tecniques, lots of fun, lots of melted silver!
I've also spent the time caring for MYSELF.
A bit of #selfcare is what I needed.
I've been on a health mission, both mentally and physically.
With these changes I've had pretty extreme #aniexty and tbh its kept me away from social media.
Thanks for your patience guys, can't wait to show you my new works 🖤
I can’t believe how lucky I am to have received such an incredible coolamon from my good friend master punu (wood) carver Patrick Ferguson @punu_carvings. I’m so thrilled! The carved fluted lines on the underside are amazing, it’s carved from redgum, from South Australia, which is where Patrick is. Thanks so much Patrick, I am completely floored by this piece and am so honoured to have it. 🙌🙏🙌🙏🙌 #Aboriginalart#Aboriginalartist#Aboriginalwoodcarving
Looking out of the plane window leaving Australia, I watched as the mangrove lined coast & turquoise waters faded into the horizon. I felt awash with deep sadness to be leaving a country that had begun to feel so much like home but so excited to explore new lands and experience the culture of Timor Leste. After introducing myself to the man sat next to me the sadness soon drifted away as he kindly gave me a huge, beautifully honest run down of the political history, geographical layout, environmental status and direction to the most beautiful places to explore within his native country Timor Leste.
The luck didn’t end there.. having being introduced to John & Terease, an exceptionally well travelled couple who live on their yaught in Darwin and we’re the first to run the TopDeck bus tours along the Silk Road back in the 70’s - I was being collected from Dili airport by a good friend of theirs, Ian - who was about to become a great friend and huge influence on my time in Timor 🙏🏼💕.
My instagram updates are way behind. Im actually locked away in a dingy hotel room in Bima, Sumbawa, Indonesia - reflecting and catching up on journal entries from the last month spent travelling in Timor Leste. Stay tuned for stories 😜.
Reflecting on my time in Broome I remain deeply impacted by the positive action of an inspirational lady named Rachel. Through Rachel’s project; Aboriginal Artists meet each Saturday under Broome’s central Boab Tree. Artist Tree provides artists with paint, canvases and a creative space to share stories of their culture and a chance to sell their artwork to the public.
There is no written language within Australian indigenous culture therefore painting is a form of storytelling that allows knowledge of the land and teachings of survival to be passed through generations. Painting is also a way of teaching cultural beliefs as well as preserving the aboriginal culture in today’s society.
Watching Christine Yukenbarri (Broome’s resident Rockstar Artist ) captivated in her creative flow, dot by dot transform the canvas into mesmerising display of colour. I learn that the symbols and patterns Christine paints are significant to her mother’s Country, Winpurpurla, south of Balgo in the Great Sandy Desert. The central circle represents a Waterhole also known as “living water” due to water being the provider of life through fertility of native women and fertility of the land.
Incredibly, each painting teaches a story passed down through can be interpreted with varying depth of cultural teaching, depending on the age and initiation of the person who views it! Children are taught the consequences of good and bad behaviour whilst initiated elders will take from it a teaching of far greater complexity
Not only is Artist Tree an amazing way to convey Aboriginal culture to the public it provides a sanctuary for members of the community to get together away from any unrest that may be happening elsewhere. Resulting in a safe place for people to share their emotions, aspirations and receive the support they deserve. Rachel dedicates her life to enhancing the lives others, through bridging the gap between old and new Australian culture. In the few days I spent with Rachel I was able to witness just how powerful and effective the results are and how much this act of love is recognised and respected by the traditional owners of Australia.
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Picked up Rosie's art work yesterday. This was especially made for her by our friends in the park. It's 4 women sitting around camp with their digging sticks after collecting local central Australian bush foods. There were actually 2 other women there as well and we were chatting about different foods they catch and forage for and potentially taking us out to a community and teaching us which foods we can eat and in what season. Just quietly that would be all time. 😁😁
The best of old and new! We love to display young, contemporary artist's work with something from the older generation, showcasing the evolution of style and content. At the top sits a sensational piece by @sarritaking in her "Lightning" series, painted with a metallic silver paint. Hung beneath is the incredible Linda Syddick Napaltjarri, an award winning artist in her eighties who depicts ancient symbolism and traditional content. What a privilege to be able to work with artists from all generations! 🎨🌴
Guudji Yiigu (Welcome & Hello) to all my new followers 😀
I am a Birrbay woman with connections to the Dhanggatti and Warrimay people on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales.
As an Aboriginal woman and artist I initially began painting professionally several years ago, creating culturally inspired imagery and designs for organisations and Aboriginal programs.
Sharing my personal stories and expressing my connection to my people and country through art and traditional language has always been a spiritual and rewarding experience for me.
However my real creative love is hand painted crystals, stones and creating custom gifts ‘my pretties’ as I like to call them.
My creative works are not traditional Aboriginal art, I’m a contemporary Aboriginal artist that has a love for dot art, circles and symmetry.
I’ve always had a fascination with circles and paint them for their timelessness, beauty and symbolism.
I believe that circles are not only aesthetically beautiful but represent a spiritual connectedness, and I am profoundly drawn to paint them in my works of art.
Being in the creative space and painting is my ‘art therapy’. It’s a spiritual and healing process for me and I hope you enjoy my works as much as I love creating them. Want to know more about me....link in bio.
Marrumbu (thank you)
Ang ❤️💛🖤 #Aboriginalartist#angelamarrgrogancreations#mycreativelife#culture#connecting#customart#customgifts