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Lee-Anne Clarke (Kirrae Whurrong), "Emu Feathers"

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synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 2023


"Emu Feathers" (01) 2023

We have a tradition of respecting the Emu.

Birds of courage, strength and speed, going forward with great energy of movement.

The feathers used in cultural practices for adornments and to bring the spiritual power of the Emu into the circle.

The fat of the Emu for anointing the body and hair, the flesh for food.

Emu medicine is in overcoming physical ailments to help you excel on your physical journey.

In walking with Emu you will be uplifted and supported.

The Basalt Rocks represent the Western Volcanic Plains, which are a part of my Kirrae Whurrong Country.

Basalt is a stone of stability, courage and strength.

The Emu has lived as long ago as when the Volcanic hills were in a state of eruption.


Artist Bio:

Lee-Anne Clarke, born in the 1960's, is a proud Kirrae Whurrong woman of the Eastern Maar peoples of South West Victoria. As an Aboriginal artist, Lee-Anne began as a young child drawing in charcoal and coloured pencils. This over time developed in expressing her creativity and safe place and focused greatly on her Aboriginal Culture.

Through many moves during early childhood Lee-Anne's education found her over a few years attending 13 different schools, to the age of 11 when Lee-Anne returned to her home on Kirrae Whurrong Country. With her closeness to Country, she found drawn to the waterways, bush and Framlingham Forest on hot summer days for adventures with family and seeking out the comforts of nature to renew her Spirit. Through primary and secondary school Lee-Anne found her place of expression through her subjects in Art and Drama.

This love of drawing and painting was an extension of her personal and every day living where she found comfort and a place of free expression and non judgement in her own identity and personal journey of greatness and tragedy.

Lee-Anne has participated in Art exhibitions since 2007, her first painting "Stand My Ground" at The Incinerator Arts Complex. This painting of a personal story of the passing of her brother and through a dream, met with him where he told stories of the Framlingham Forest, life and death. Her ongoing contributions of storytelling through art has raised her profile such as the "Uncle Boots and Aunty Joyce" Mural in 2021, "The Grasslands" Mural 2022.

"As a Traditional and Contemporary Koorie Artist my connection to Country plays a massive role in how I approach my artwork as an extension and expression of Country and Spirit in the stories I share through paint. In creating my artwork I allow consideration for it to speak through me to others. There seems to always be more in the finished piece than what I had anticipated, which seems to expose more in a spiritual sense than I initially envisaged, through this I learn more about myself and the realms we are a part of. At times with guidance from my Ancestors it's like crossing a veil into a deeper spiritual place and this is what I want to reflect in my artwork."