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Tanya Flower (Wakaman), Memories Of A Journey Home

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synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 2023


Many years I spent travelling with the Women in my Family, (Grandmother, Mother, Aunties and Great Aunties). Whenever we would see a group of Red Tail Black Cockatoos they would say we were being greeted/welcomed home. And I loved all the stories they shared with me, my Grandmother showed us from an early age as we watched this family of 5 Red Tail Black Cockatoos demolish the beach almond that we too could eat the beach almond. So here's me paying homage to My Elders !!! May their Stories forever live on through our kids. Never far from my heart and thoughts and Never Forgotten.


Artist Bio:

I am a Proud Wakaman woman currently living in Gunbower on Yorta Yorta Country. My work is influenced by memories of my childhood spent camping, fishing, swimming in creeks and rivers, hunting and collecting little treasures on our travels with family. On many occasions we sat around campfires or in the lounge rooms or dining rooms listening to the Old Girls, Grandmother, Mother, Great Aunties and Aunties telling their stories of their childhood, growing up, daily life and surviving the good, bad times and their memories of the strong women in their lives, Grandmothers, Mothers and Aunties.

I have fond memories of walking, talking and learning from these women about how to best use the plants and animals around us for food, medicine and never to take more than we need, and this knowledge continues to be passed on to the younger generation. The designs and patterns that I weave into my art is representative of the flora and fauna from Country and reflects memories of the women in my life who maintained strong connections to country and family. As my art evolves, I am developing a great sense of loss and sadness for those days spent on Country with those beautiful Old Girls.

To honour the strong women in my life who have influenced and shaped who I am today my works are an artistic memory living through pieces I create, keeping their memories alive for my children and their children to maintain that connection to Country and family. We must always remember their stories, it is how we keep them alive in our hearts, and I will forever cherish those strong Women.