My artwork addresses how the Europeans tried to change Aboriginal peoples’ culture and lives and how they tried to take away their freedom and beliefs. I believe a very important part of reconciliation is recognising what Aboriginal people have been put through. I want my artwork to make sure that people do not ignore or push aside what has previously happened. To me, ‘Speaking and Listening from the Heart’ is all about listening to the stories being told by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Reconciliation means… Reconciliation is about connecting and strengthening the bond between Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people, and recognising and addressing what has happened in the past and trying to rebuild relationships between everyone.