My painting for what stories will you dream, shows an elder as part of the earth. He has told stories and looked after our country for thousands of years. The Elders words need to be heard and they have already been spoken loudly but we have not listened, we have not respected, and we have not learnt. It is time we listen and pay respects to the Elders past, present and emerging and to the planet that they have protected. This is what reconciliation means to me. I made my painting with different methods. I used a paint pouring method to do the sky and a pencil portrait to do the elder. I then mixed them together and used paint and a sponge to create the earth and the Elders hair because he is one with the earth and we should learn from them. I painted turtle totems as a symbol of the stories the elder is telling about the planet and how we must protect the planet and Aboriginal culture before it is too late. I also used an Aboriginal symbol for rivers on my globe to show that everything is connected.
A time where we listen and pay respects to the Elders past, present and emerging and also to the planet that they have protected.
Artist: Mia Southwell