My artwork is a pencil portrait of Eddie Mabo, an indigenous man widely known for his activism concerning Aboriginal Land Rights. This portrait, including a quote from Mabo’s mother, explores the theme of ‘What Stories Will You Dream?’ by detailing Eddie Mabo as the transformative figure he was in the Aboriginal community, bringing rights and freedoms to fruition, which, in the past, were nothing but a dream.
To me, reconciliation is an important word. In its 14 letters, reconciliation represents bridging the gap and creating harmony between communities, creating love where there was hate and attempting to rewrite the wrongs of our past. Reconciliation is about the original owners of this land and amplifying the voices of the people too long silenced.
Artist: Evie McKechnie