MAREE CLARKE

Born Swan Hill, Victoria, Australia. Mutti Mutti, Yorta Yorta, Boonwurrung people. Lives and works Melbourne, Australia.

 

Born of the Land 2014
sculptural video installation
dimensions variable
video duration: 1:48 mins
Video produced by SW Productions

Courtesy the artist and Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
Photography: Mark Ashkanasy, Courtesy RMIT Gallery

This work evokes the spirit of my Ancestors and draws on the traditional mourning practices of the past to tell new stories about the history of Aboriginal resilience in southeast Australia. The viewer can see, hear and feel my story, which challenges notions that Aboriginal people from southeast Australia are no longer here. The work is one of juxtapositions, as I move from the past to the present, standing strong on the Country of my Ancestors to reveal contemporary representations of who I am and where I come from. Branches from along the Murray River frame my story, offering a natural element from my Ancestral lands, in contrast with the artificial video installation. All these elements together provide another lens through which to view the many different ways of being Aboriginal. As Aboriginal people we are connected to place, yet we may live away from place; we are connected to stories and people from the past, yet they continue to resonate in our lives today. All these things and more inform my work, as I create and reclaim my cultural heritage as a contemporary Aboriginal artist.

Maree Clarke, 2014