I feel like I’m constantly justifying who I am whether it be as a person or my heritage as I go through the dark waters of the rock pools finding some resolve of who I am… as I identify an Aboriginal woman. It's not just others who question my identity but I also question it as I want to be proud, stand tall, honour the sacrifices that have been made by all that have walked before me and not let the doubters get my head and tell me that I'm a fraud.No I'm not a fraud, I'm a Proud Gunditjmara Woman who doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone.
This painting shows the struggles of my Identity as woman but also an Aboriginal woman who is trying to find where she belongs within her culture it shows my journey through the murky waters of the rock pools and beyond to find culture and connections to community but also my love of Country and pride I have for family. Showing that there are many different levels to a person it represents what we show and what we hide, from the beautiful black shiny glass frame to the old used circular cardboard that the painting is on. The new and old on display for all to see.
My name Andrea Cowling I’m a proud Gunditjmara woman.
Mornington Peninsula has been my home for many decades.
My Country is the Western District of Victoria.