I am the land & the land is me
ng woka, woka nganin
Past Event: 24 October 2008 to 8 February 2009
Source: Museum Victoria
An exhibition showcasing traditionally inspired Aboriginal works by four Victorian Aboriginal women.
Ng woka, woka nganin: I am the land & the land is me is an exhibition showcasing traditionally inspired Aboriginal works by four Victorian Aboriginal women - Lee Darrock, Debra Couzens, Vicki Couzens and Maree Clarke - illustrating their strong connections to country and to each other.
Some of the traditionally inspired works featured in the exhibition have not been made for over 220 years and include kangaroo tooth necklaces, echidna quill necklaces, emu feather skirts, string and wooden women’s bags, feather flowers, and kangaroo and possum skin cloaks.
About the artists
Maree Clarke has been Senior Curator and Exhibitions Manager for the Koorie Heritage Trust since 2001 and is also a practising artist. She is currently undertaking her Masters of Arts where she is researching and making a series of traditional necklaces with leather and kangaroo teeth.
Debra Couzens is a Keerray Wurrong-Gunditjmara from the western districts in Victoria. She is an emerging visual artist and skilled artisan in basket weaving, textiles and crafts.
Vicki Couzens is a Keerray Wurrong-Gunditjmara from the western districts in Victoria. Her works featured in this exhibition reflect Vicki's personal journey of reconnecting to her home country and recording the stories of family, place and belonging.
Lee Darroch is a proud Yorta Yorta woman from Dhungula (Murray River). She practices across a wide variety of art media including possum skin cloak making, jewellery making and painting. Lee is currently a Director for Riverbark Arts Pty Ltd, a Koorie arts and cultural company.
Ng woka, woka nganin: I am the land & the land is me is presented as part of the 2008 Birrarung Community Exhibition Program.
About the Birrarung Community Exhibition Program
Each year the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum hosts three Koorie community exhibitions showcasing the many artistic talents of our Victorian Koorie community.