caring@home Indigenous Art Competition Entries

Name of artwork: Going Home to Country

Artist: Annie Hay

Artist's description of the artwork: My artwork represents a patient going home to country to live out their last days in peace. They’ve walked the hard road, which is represented by the grey lines through the middle of the artwork. The medical staff have taken a step back from full on treatment and have made the patient comfortable in their own surroundings. They are now surrounded by loved ones and the tranquillity of country. Country is represented by the topography type lines and the small sporadic lines depict the bush. The soft flowing lines show calm.



Name of artwork: Dreamtime

Artist: Emma Robertson

Artist's description of the artwork: Central to my artworks is the holding of hands, symbolising never being alone. That care is best given by those who we love and love us. I have tried to incorporate themes that I find important as we take our final journey into the dreaming. Images of mountains and water reflect being on country and being able to feel connected to our ancestral homelands and Mother Earth. Gathering around the fire represents kin and community, being together, yarning, accepting that this too is a journey that takes us full cycle back to our creator.



Name of artwork: Ancestral Lands

Artist: S Matthews

Artist's description of the artwork: My artwork reflects the journey returning to country, our ancestral lands and having our last moments surrounded by people who love us, reflecting on the life we lived and having those last moments of peace.



Name of artwork: Journey

Artist: Chloe Adams

Artist's description of the artwork: As a nurse and a daughter of a terminally ill parent, I have witnessed the benefits of end of life care in the home. My artwork reflects a person’s journey to their ancestors. At home, surrounded by loved ones. We all make our journey to country, return to earth and eventually on toward our ancestors. We are all connected in a journey of love and time.



Name of artwork: We cry for country

Artist: Yurautu

Artist's description of the artwork: Our people lose their way culturally, especially our fair skin and blue eyes Mob. We need to connect as one and find our country, home and loved ones.



Name of artwork: Coming-home (strong home bring up strong kids)

Artist: Kenny G

Artist's description of the artwork: My artwork is about coming home to a strong home being brought up by strong parents.



Name of artwork: Battle Mountain

Artist: Jules DeValter

Artist's description of the artwork: My artwork reflects the theme ‘Journey to Dreaming at Home’ by capturing the bountiful landscape of Battle Mountain, the location where the majority of the Kalkadoon tribe was massacred in 1884. It is my grounding belief that their spirits continue to live on and with that, it has taught me to value the aftermath of traumatising events as it deepens human connection through vulnerability and self-reflection.



Name of artwork: Returning Home

Artist: Amanda Hinkelmann

Artist's description of the artwork: Represented within this artwork is a fulfilled life, returning home. The time on Earth, learning, gathering knowledge and passing it on. Holding cultural knowledge of the seasons, the animals and plants - of Country. It shares the idea of connection to both people and place, with meeting places prominent within the piece. The stars sit at the top of the piece, representing the journey home, where our Elders and our mob will sit, guiding from above.



Name of artwork: Palya kanyima (Looking after, right way)

Artist: Emma Stubbs

Artist's description of the artwork: Being looked after the “right way” at the end of life’s journey can be sad for families. That is why it is important for families to have the right to choose how and where the care is provided. I draw a story of my mum and how we envision her being cared for when she is at the end of her journey; at home with family and with support from the necessary services. She is at the centre and we are all around her.



Name of artwork: Goanna Dreaming

Artist: Stacie Saltner

Artist's description of the artwork: Painting depicts the Goanna. It is representative of the Journey of the Goanna’s spirit. His journey on country, through the sunsets and into the night sky representing our dreaming. Goanna spirit is the dreamer he shapes our dreams and reminds us to trust what our dreams are telling us. Although he may seem to be sunbathing and looks like he is sleeping when out in the open he is really shaping our dreams. His totem/spirit is a reminder for us that life is a journey and that we all belong to the dreaming/dreamtime.



Name of artwork: Serenity

Artist: Tallulah Bieundurry

Artist's description of the artwork: My artwork Serenity is a depiction of a scene that I find most comforting. The full moon is a common symbol of our spiritual selves, eternity, and the afterlife. The night sky represents reflection, rest and recharge, as well as traditional methods that Aboriginal people utilised to navigate journeys, using stars and constellations to point the way home. The ocean represents journey, with the ebb and flow of the tide. The round canvas represents the circle of life and time. This artwork is about a journey to find serenity, to find home.



Name of artwork: Gnowangerup

Artist: Trigger

Artist's description of the artwork: Missing home.



Name of artwork: Her blood runs deep

Artist: Jodee Page

Artist's description of the artwork: Mum had a major accident in hospital ending up in the ICU at John Hunter Hospital. It was touch and go there for 3 months. That was a year ago. She was allowed to come home after months of rehab. She lost her memory due to the head injuries she got.  The painting symbols are us, her 4 children, that waited endlessly for months, watching and waiting for her to wake up, and all the therapy, hospitals and rehabilitation places that continue to help us with the care of Mum. Thank you.


Name of artwork: Home dreamtime

Artist: Krystal Mc

Artist's description of the artwork: Spiritual home coming through culture and who we are today.



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