Demanding a Voice is Tiesome 2014

Demanding a Voice is Tiesome 2014

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I have two loves in life Art and Family, and a passion for protest.
To ask questions, to give voice and light, with a desire for change.
To protest as an individual, art is my voice, yet walking and standing
along side others smooths the powerlessness. There is a power in asserting
objection, and disapproval of the obvious injustices, pains, and truths of
the unheard, shoulder to shoulder.
It is an action that holds the hope that once a story is told a change in the
unacceptable will be born and grow.
The A.A.P.A and The A.P.A demanded a voice.
The thought of an Aboriginal Australian with a voice was/is protest in its self.
The Aims of the Association are still the aims of Aboriginal Australians today.
Self determination is not a new concept for Australia’s first people nor is the
fight to find it, it takes great courage to scratch the shadows of silence within a dominate discourse of denial, betrayal and abuse.
My work pays tribute to my forefathers and mothers, who worked towards
a fair deal. I have created a large quilt of scraps sewn to pay homage to the
warriors before me. A number of suits and masks float in the space speaking
of the humanness of each struggle and each soul that walked the unlit paths
within cross cultural worlds as warriors armed with grace and integrity. Resembling traditional masks worn in Aboriginal ceremony, the faceless space behind these masks create shadows that stare out, as a solid reminder of the continuing presence and guidance of Elders pervading the present.
Change may not come, yet ones spirit and soul is feed by the declaration
of publicly testifying protest.
Protestors are the Protectors, keep demanding to be heard.