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  • Laurence Blacklock-Whitehead Laurence Blacklock-Whitehead (Kamilaroi), Kulin Nation

Laurence Blacklock-Whitehead (Kamilaroi), Kulin Nation

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synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 2022


Kulin Nation is my visual interpretation of the alliance of five nations in south-central Victoria, Australia. The five language groups consist of the proud people of: Boonwurrung (Boon-wur-rung), Dja Dja Wurrung (Jar-Jar-Wur-rung), Taungurung (Tung-ger-rung), Wathaurung (Wath-er-rung), Woiwurrung (Woy-wur-rung), commonly known as Wurundjeri. Their collective lands extend around Port Phillip and Western Port, up into the Great Dividing Range and the Loddon and Goulburn River valleys. The top right section features the inherent ancestral connection to community. The multiple tracks, trails and pathways to and from, both same and different points are central to communication, connection and family. The bottom left section provides the Kulin peoples connection to Country. The mountains, the peaks, the gullies, the waterways and the rich native flora and fauna all breathe life into this great southern land. Central to the piece is the diagonal sash of the five language groups of the Eastern Kulin Nation. They sit side by side, aligned in their fight for one loud voice. A united voice that echoes louder than any single voice could.


Artist Bio:

Australian Aboriginal Artist as well as the occasional quirky Pop, Political, Street or Poster ART.

Australian Contemporary Kamilaroi/Wathaurung artist, living on Wathaurung Country outside of Narrm Australia. My art is more of a neo-traditional Abstract interpretation of Australia’s first artists.

Painting using a bright pallete of colours, all which feed into a rich vibrancy reflected in each and every artwork created.

Connection to Country through my visual interpretation and use of colour. Connection to Community through the use of traditional Kamilaroi symbolism. Respect for my Elders for allowing me to share their stories. The stories of dreaming.

Member of Indigenous Art Code proudly protecting artist and buyer from cultural appropriation.

Member of Aboriginal Art Association of Australia.