As a voice for the generations to come, I connected with the rainbow serpent through my artwork. In its natural surroundings, the rainbow serpent is considered sacred as a source of life and a protector of water. I was inspired by this dreamtime for my artwork since the rainbow serpent is the creator of our valleys, streams, land, and mother nature. In this piece, the rainbow serpent serves as a spiritual protector of the places nearby the water in which we gather to tell our stories. Everywhere we go, every seat we take. It won’t matter if we don’t know who the rainbow serpent is because it’ll be with us. The Rainbow Serpent is a symbol of life.
As an indigenous man, reconciliation means starting over with the concept of respect and extending it to others in order to build a stronger link between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples. To me, reconciliation is forging a new storyline, a new relationship while still respecting the storyline of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Artist: Zachary Knibbs-Peckham