As First Nations People the senses help us connect to Self and Country. With the exception that many of us can feel when something is happening or about to happen. Here plays on the sensory ability of sight, to see when something isn’t there. Whether it be a figure or a family member, or the glimpse that we catch and question ourselves even though something may not be there. The shades of black and white that trickle through this piece offer a glimpse into what others may not see.
Hollie Johnson (Mullett) is a proud Gunai Kurnai and Monero Ngarigo woman currently living in Gippsland, Victoria. Growing up, Hollie was fortunate enough to learn about her culture and traditions from her grandparents who she admires and respects deeply. Being surrounded by artists with expertise in woodcraft, painting, burning, mix-mediums and the love of automotives. Hollie enjoys exploring all art forms including jewellery making, screen printing, modeling, fashion, piano, creating educational resources and recently painting.
Graduating from RMIT, studying a Bachelor of Arts Photography in 2016, Hollie is currently working in the Department of Education as a Koorie Support Mentor and is part of the Wellbeing Team across two schools, along with running cultural sessions at a Berry Street School. Freelancing in her spare time, Hollie has done work for Parks New South Wales, Yirramboi Festival through the City of Melbourne, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Latrobe City Council among others. The first student to study the VCE Indigenous Languages of Victoria, she continues to practice language and hopes to play a role in changing the Victorian Curriculum to incorporate culture, history and language and is finishing her Undergrad in Teaching. Combining her knowledge and skills Hollie hopes to run a local program supporting our Indigenous Youth. Hollie aims to share culture through a range of creative mediums and is always on the hunt for new and interesting means to incorporate culture into her work.