Local Indigenous artist new showcase highlight’s region’s beauty

Local Indigenous artist new showcase highlight’s region’s beauty

Local Indigenous artist Patricia Coleman uses her intricate dot and line work to showcase the beauty of things important to her and the Byellee Nation.

Patricia, who is self-taught and has been creating art for nearly 30 years, specialises in vibrant designs and depictions of the natural environment, specifically our region’s animals and plants.

Her exhibition, Gladstone My Home, My Byellee Country, of about 30 new works on canvas and birch is currently on display at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum and expresses Patricia’s interpretation of the Kardabai Region (Gladstone).

“I’ve done a lot of work with a linguist who has developed a word list of the Byellee language, and this has influenced my work,” she said.

Patricia said while having her exhibition on display during NAIDOC Week was a great opportunity to help educate the local community on Byellee Nation culture and history, more needed to be done.

“Aboriginal people are mainly recognised during Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week, and while that is great, there are 52 weeks in the year,” she said.

“We don’t hibernate during the other 50 weeks, and we should be highlighted every day of the year.”

To help grow respect for diversity and understanding of cultural differences, Patricia has worked with community organisations like Roseberry Qld and Headspace.

“I also go into local schools, primary and high schools, and do art workshops with students to start those conversations at an early age,” she said.

Patricia’s exhibition is on display at GRAGM until July 31.

To keep up to date with her art journey follow the Patricia Coleman Artworks Facebook Page.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July4-11to celebrate the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC is celebrated not only in indigenous communities, but by all Australians.

The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities, and to support our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

The NAIDOC 2021 theme–Heal Country!–calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.

Country is more than a place and inherent to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity.