Country and People an Exhibition of Contemporary Works by Monica Bridge
This exhibition is a collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Works that focus country and people.
Monica uses art as a tool for understanding emotions and for self-expression. She experiments with different shapes, lines, and symbols to reflect her connection to country and love for nature.
Monica is passionate about sharing her culture and increasing awareness about Aboriginal culture, history, and perspectives. Through creative practice she has connected people to culture though workshops in preschools, primary schools, high schools and with community groups.
Acrylic on canvas, 122cm x 61cm
This painting tells the painful story of Australia’s past and the effects it has had on the present. Before invasion, Aboriginal people had a strong connection to country, strong kinship systems, strong identity and were strong in language. Aboriginal people cared for the land, waterways, and animals.
They had lore, ceremony, ways of being and belonging. Stories were shared and passed down through generations, through dance, art and oral story telling.
Then everything changed. Aboriginal people were slaughtered, raped, enslaved, removed from their land and children were taken from their families. Aboriginal people were made powerless. They were not allowed to speak their language, share their stories, and practice ceremony. They were not allowed to have a voice.
There are many people from the stolen generation still trying to find their families. Many languages, stories and ceremonial practices have been lost. Aboriginal people are still trying to heal and recover from the things that have happened in the past. This will take time, understanding and working together.
This work represents the importance of sisterhood and women’s business. Women have always come together for ceremony, for celebration and for support. We learn from each other, sharing our stories and wisdom. This has always been and will continue to be. The rivers represent life and are special places. They hold significance as a place to come together, a source of food and water, and can be a space for ritual, ceremony, and birthing.
This project was proudly supported by the Goulburn Mulwaree Trust.
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of the lands where we create, live & work.
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