Direct from the artist, NSW
Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, NSW
I want to show the negative feelings of the Aboriginal people, the truth is the way it was. The white master race came and took our land and did not even have the courtesy to ask us or buy it. They said we weren’t even human beings when they claimed our land as ‘terra nullius’. British law is all right for the British but Aboriginal law, customs, language, dance, Mimi spirits have been around a lot longer than ‘British law.
I wanted to make the Aboriginal people in control of the land and when the ships arrived the Aboriginal people were along the shoreline and they told for them to go away.
Terra Nullius was used as a valid reason to claim Australia and I dispute that claim using this painting as proof.