Maria is a proud Koori woman, storyteller and a self-taught artist; she has been painting and exhibiting for more than a decade. She is a ‘Fresh Water Girl’ of the Wiradjuri people from the Central West of New South Wales.
"Painting quietens my mind and supports me connect with my Culture, Country, and Ancestors. Painting strengthens my Aboriginal identity and creates a sense of belonging to ‘people and place’. My painting style is a contemporary fusion of abstract and Aboriginal art, using groups of symbols as a way of narrating a story and preserving cultural traditions. It is the way our people have passed on information for thousands of years."
I am passionate about sharing my art, with an intention of positively influencing people’s attitudes and awareness of Australia’s First Nations people and our rich diverse cultures.
Bila – Nguram-bang
Acrylic on canvas
Bila and Nguram-bang, are words from Wiradjuri language, meaning river and country. Wiradjuri people, also known as ‘river people’, were skilled hunter–fisher–gatherers, who lived and moved along the rivers and surrounding landscape, sourcing food for survival and Caring for Country. For tens of thousands of years, First Nations people have managed their land and its inhabitants to ensure environmental harmony and sustainability. Keeping balance in the environment is central to our people’s way of thinking, being, and connection to spiritual and cultural identity.
The impacts of climate change are exacerbating our ability to protect and maintain significant biodiversity across Australia and the globe. Biodiversity is everyone’s responsibility. It is crucial to broaden our awareness, compassion, and respect to embrace all living creatures and the natural environment. Biodiversity will not be maintained through inaction - Stand with First Nations people to Care for Country.
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