My artwork was inspired by Danielle Mate Sullivan’s beautiful ‘Mother and Calf Whale’ artwork. It shows the freedom that whales have in the vast, open ocean. Having an Aboriginal background myself, I loved becoming involved in the 2023 Schools Reconciliation Challenge. I used collage to layer bold words from the ‘Uluru Statement of The Heart’ to form the whale’s body. This message is important because we want our future to embrace First Nations culture and traditions. Our dream is to swim together towards a united future which is why I included key words in the background using water colour paints and oil pastels.
Reconciliation means moving together towards a united future.
Artist: Imogen Byrnes