*Completely, Altogether, Wholly*
This artwork brings together the elements of the woman (Yinaa). There are images of the woman across the artwork- sitting in clusters, as well as alone. The women stand strong and tall, proud and capable in all that they set their mind to.
The stars (Budhu) within this work represent the matriarchal strength we have from our ancestors, who live amongst the stars. They also represent the ambitious nature of the woman- reaching for the stars and finding her strength there.
There are also meeting places or camps (Ngurang). These meeting places symbolise community- our tribe. They represent the strength in unity of women-from all backgrounds, we are able to thrive amongst our diversity and celebrate each other.
The pathways (Murruway) within this piece all lead off the artwork, showing that we are able to determine our own future, and walk our own path- each differently.
The wind (Girray) within this artwork is represented in two symbols. Both free flowing, almost like strands of hair blowing in the wind.
There are symbols of the River Red Gum (Biray) and the River (Bila), which represent my connection to Mother Earth- My home on the Murrambidya Bila (Murrumbidgee River). It is because of my home on Wiradjuri Country, and my connection with Mother Earth, that I am able to be the independent, grounded, ambitious woman that I am.
This artwork was commissioned by Wella Professionals ANZ as part of a collaboration for their 2021 Christmas Packs.