Our songs, dances and languages are all linked and are cared for by each person who has connection to that country.
Country takes in everything within the landscape – waters, trees, rocks, plants, animals, foods, medicines, stories and sacred places. We have custodial responsibilities to care for our country, to ensure that it continues in proper order and maintains its heartbeat.
Unearthing their stories through visual arts, five Aboriginal artists will create distinct durational pieces of work that depict each individual’s cultural connection to their country.
Featuring the following artists: Dylan Mooney and Kane Brunjes, Casey Coolwell, Rachael Sarra and Warraba Weatherall.
Presented by QPAC
Image credit Casey Coolwell
Casey Coolwell is a Quandamooka, Nunukul woman from Minjerribah with links to Eulo and the Bini people of Bowen. She is an Aboriginal artist and self-taught graphic artist who now runs a successful freelance company. She has created artworks for many well-known organisations including Menzies School of Health Research, Sentencing Council Queensland, and Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
Dylan Mooney, is a Yuibera man from Mackay, Central Queensland and a Torres Strait Islander from Waiben Island. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art at the Queensland College of Art. Mooney's practice includes painting and drawing – inspired by history, culture, family history and community stories.
Kane Brunjes is a Murri man from Murgon practicing in both public and gallery realms. Through his art practice, he aims to solidify and represent a visual portrayal of how he views and reacts to the environment surrounding him. Continuing from a rich history of culture, he paints a contemporary reimagined vision through a unique and stylised arrangement of dots, lines and patterns.
Rachael Sarra is an artist and designer whose work does the talking. As a contemporary Aboriginal artist from Goreng Goreng Country, Rachael uses art as a powerful tool in storytelling to educate and share Aboriginal culture. Her style is feminine, fun and engaging but is strongly drawn from her heritage and her role as an Aboriginal woman in a modern world.
Warraba Weatherall is a street artist and sculptor, from the Kamilaroi Nation, of south-west Queensland. Informed by his cultural heritage, Warraba’s practise aims to critique colonisation as an ongoing process in Australia; where social, economic and political realities perpetually validate Eurocentric ideologies. By referencing Indigenous knowledges, Warraba presents alternate ways of seeing and understanding, to contribute to a cross-cultural dialogue and reassert cultural pride and knowledge.