My artwork represents connection and peace no matter who you are. Each hand has a different pattern and a different colour, all touching Australia. What it is saying is, no matter where you come from, from river to sea, it is still our island home. The background of my artwork is black, which is what happens when you mix all the primary paint colours together, the colours represent diversity in gender, race and much more. At the end of the day, we are all connected somehow.
To me reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous people. If we accomplish that, Australia would be a better place. Reconciliation week is from the 27th of May to the 3rd of June, but really it should be and is everyday. The Reconciliation Week 2022 theme is Be Brave, Make Change. For hundreds of thousands of years Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have owned the land (and they still do), but many years later it was taken away from them. Now, we have a week where everyone can appreciate and celebrate First Nations cultures and traditions. Without that, Australia won’t be the true Australia.
Artist: Ace Maston