“Wit” translates to Winter in Wemba Wemba language. This captivating artwork seamlessly weaves together the rich cultural significance of winter for Victorian Aboriginal history and culture. With a harmonious palette of blue, brown, purple, and cream hues, this evocative piece invites viewers to explore the profound connection between First Nations communities and the season of winter. The dominant shades of blue and purple symbolise the tranquil beauty of snowy landscapes, where Country is blanketed in serenity and stillness. The interplay of these colours reflects the deep spiritual connection First Nations peoples have with the land during the colder months, when nature undergoes a profound transformation.
In contrast, the warm tones of brown and cream ground the composition, representing the resilience and resourcefulness of First Nation communities in the face of harsh winter conditions. These earthy tones evoke a sense of warmth and togetherness that is fostered through shared stories, traditions, and gatherings during this pivotal season. As viewers engage with the piece they are encouraged to contemplate the enduring significance of winter in First Nations culture, history and heritage as it serves as a time for reflection, storytelling, and strengthening the bonds of community.
Luruk-in is an Australian Aboriginal Art business, founded by proud Taungurung, Wotjobaluk, Wemba Wemba, Nari Nari and Boon Wurrung woman Aimee McCartney. Aimee was born and raised on Wurundjeri country in Naarm, Melbourne and currently lives on Gunaikurnai Country (VIC).
An emerging contemporary artist, Aimee’s vibrant approach to life coupled with her strong ancestral and cultural identity allows her to create unique, intricate and eye-catching artworks on canvas. With a mixture of bright colours and textures, Aimee explores modern society through the looking glass of the world’s oldest living culture.
“I’ve always been attracted to colours, mixing and blending them to make my own unique palette.”
Aimee’s strongest inspiration comes from her Country, its waterways and mountains, its sand, soil and shells. Aimee’s hope is to continue the sacred tradition of Storytelling through art and to inspire people to connect and learn about First Nations’ culture, history, stories and language.