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  • Will Trist Will Trist (Taungurung), Women's first breath

Will Trist (Taungurung), Women's first breath

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oil on canvas, 2023


For this piece I wanted to depict the creation story of Taungurung's first woman as she was pulled out of mud by Balayang the Bat. I didn’t include Balayang as I wanted to focus on the idea of femininity and Beauty, as well as the roles Bundjil gave women and man, hence the spear placed next to badjurr bootor (woman) for men to hunt with. And I added a branch of cherry ballart in the hand of the woman for two reasons, first to represent the foraging they would do but also because the cherry ballarts other name is the children's tree, representing the life that they bring into this world. I tried to style it in a renaissance sort of way that will hopefully grab your attention and stands out form the crowd.


Artist Bio:

I’m a 21 year old Taungurung man that’s always enjoyed making art but over the last two years I have devoted myself more to painting as much as I can. I love the idea of being able to Express different themes and ideas through visual mediums.