On Earth, we are surrounded by many mysterious planets and stars. Some we know and some we don’t know about. There are many different stories about space and our universe. Just like traditional European astrology, songs, fairy tales, stories and myths, the universe played a big part in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s culture and their Dreaming. Just like our roads on Earth, our stars and the universe are like a road map which holds valuable information about food sources, time and travel. We can follow the Sun for direction as it gives us the time, keeps us warm, helps us grow, gives us light and is female. The Moon is male and tells us when to rest, creates the tides and helps balance Earth. My painting is about the universe represented by a road looking down on Earth. Our universe gives us life. I have tried to show our universe giving life to our living beings on Earth, animals, humans, fresh and sea water and trees. We are all part of the universe and space, its stories, myths, legends and energy.
Reconciliation is important so everyone learns, grows and understands the diversity, spirituality and knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s culture and heritage. Acceptance, respect and trust are important factors that will help achieve and nurture knowledge and changing behaviours.
Artist: Chev Hitchens