I've painted this yellow crested cockatoo to symbolise the playfulness, loud, outspoken women I've been restored to. Durnmin means to bring back, restore in Taungurung language. After being institutionalised for seven years I've finally been brought back home to my Aboriginal community. Adjusting at times has been challenging but I keep focused and move forward. I recently bought my first home with my partner of four years. Life has become exciting and anxious all at the same time. I have the support of my partner, family and community, who only want the best for me.
Stacey is a Taungurung/Boon Wurrung woman with traditional connections to the Melbourne region. Stacey's grandfather and his siblings were removed under government policies and today Stacey describes herself as a grandchild of the Stolen Generation. Stacey has been living in Melbourne and has been exploring her identity, art and culture more recently as an adult. In 2013, Stacey started working at the Koorie Heritage Trust where she met an Elder who helped her join the dots with her family connections. 'The Elder told me that I am Taungurung/Boon Wurrung. Since that day I don't paint dots anymore. My inspiration is the beautiful designs and patterns from traditional artefacts of my ancestors. Painting diamonds is healing for me. And now I can pass that healing down to my children and future grandchildren.' Stacey is exploring and reclaiming South-East Australian designs through her paintings, referencing concentric diamond designs from traditional shields and clubs from South-Eastern Australia.