Leaving Your Mark on Country reveals different aspects of Canberra as visitors stand quietly in the space. Graffiti artist Libby Harward was inspired by her time in Canberra with the host nation people:
‘This artwork is a visual communication of First Peoples’ connection to country, to each other and all living things. It’s a connection that asks you to slow down and become consciously aware of your present. Experience more deeply the country where you stand and how you affect it.
‘You will witness the connection between you, the grass seeds, caves, scar trees, pregnant mountains, ochre, rivers, meeting places, valleys and waterholes.
‘When you engage with this artwork you will be a part of the life-cycle of the grasses and weave into the journey of the bogong moth flying its songline and being cooked up for a feed.’
Salt Water Country
SALT WATER COUNTRY March 2017
This work was commissioned by Bleach for outdoor stage scrims as part of Salt water Sessions 2017. Painted in reflection of time spent on Nganduwal country. Salt water and black rocks - pandanus and cotton tree headlands - sand islands - oysters - seagrass - mangrove wetlands- mud islands and estuaries. The high visibility orange present in my work is borrowed from the witches hat motif from libby_harward_art a symbol of country that is Still here always sweeping back through the concrete environment.
Mural on Yugambeh Country
JANUARY 2017 The mural at Stoner family park at Merrimac on Yugambeh country shows the landscape of the area and the changes in it post colonisation. This area was swamp land rich with wildlife and food which has been drained through the building of canals throughout the Gold Coast. In this work I have made reference to the rich cultural heritage of the swamp areas which were so dramatically altered so as they could be farmed in a western way. This particular property was turned into Diary Farm and more recently donated to the community by the Stoner family. You can see the dingo image and footprints to connect the current activities in this park which is a place today for dogs and their owners to meet up. Stoner Family Park is now a wonderful Neighborhood dog park with a strong friendly community vibe and still holds reminders of it's rich swampy past.
The circles in the design represent different ways of seeing as well as the lagoons that were present on this swamp country that held water over flow from the mountains to the rivers. The colour change inside the circles tell the story of the filtration of the water that happened through these swamp areas.
Artists - Mz Murricod, Dingo by Scott Hastings
Volunteers Young Emerging Artists on Project- Jackii Thearle Nina Rae Smith and John Bennet