oil on belgian Linen
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This is Sydney, New South Wales and at the heart of the painting is the Heads where the Redcoats first came through and took the land from the Aboriginal people that walked and guarded there on those sacred cliffs and and around the land now called Sydney. In this painting the trees are cleared and ancestral beings and emus rise up out of an eternal fire that burns in our memories.
There must have been Waratahs, and beautiful wildflowers that grew all over Sydney.
I tried to show that wildlife was all over the Sydney area, represented by the dingo and the koala. In the centre of this painting there is a giant chessboard with pieces that are crosses and the Aboriginal plays for his land against 'a stacked deck' with the Preacherman, the Redcoat and Ned Kelly standing guard. On Ned Kelly's chest is the $ dollar sign as he is Australia's only culture, the hero or bushranger yet he stands for a thief in my book, because he took my land and he commercialises,poaches and sells even our artefacts, Aboriginal artefacts that say 'made in China'. Aboriginal people are so angry because it was not enough to take the land they took our culture too and misused it only to make more money.
There is a cuckoo nest at the top and the egg is being rolled out of the nest and the cuckoo will be the master of the nest in the same way that the Aboriginal was usurped of his land. Who has the biggest gun wins the land and justice doesn't count. There are a few white faces inside the sacred walk where Aboriginal people still guard this land. I trusted very few white people but mainly I trust women. I ask these women to help me find the justice and to tell the history through my paintings. I asked these white women for help for black fellas to tell their story. The sacred walk is a walk for justice and for Australian history to be honest.