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I am this land, this land is me

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I am this land, this land is me depicts Simone Thomson's cultural Story and is the latest incarnation of the ArtWall at Realm mural series.
I am this land, this land is me Image: Simone Thomson, I am this land, this land is me (detail), ArtWall at Realm, 2020

A manna gum sacred birthing tree stands tall and proud, a source of immense significance to Indigenous people. The tree contains a hollow, formed by the union of two trees being intertwined, and was a place that women, for thousands of years, sheltered inside to give birth.

Alongside the birthing tree resides a family carrying a coolamon, a multi-purpose vessel used to cradle babies, transport water, fruit and nuts - and a symbol of the journey of life. The river flowing by is a symbol of sustenance and connection to country and creator deity Bunjil the eagle flies high overhead. Thomson draws inspiration from her deep spiritual connection to Country and the rich colours and textures of the earth and sky.

Simone Thomson is a Ringwood-based artist and descendant of the Ulupna and Moira Clans of the Yorta-Yorta Tribe and the Yarra-Yarra Clan of the Wurundjeri Tribe. Thomson’s father is Irish to whom she attributes her love of writing. Thomson has a background in cultural dance, performing throughout Victoria and interstate and was an early graduate of Worawa Aboriginal College to which she attributes much of her cultural education.

Thomson has undertaken many commissions and collaborations and has exhibited with a wide variety of Victorian organisations including Yirramboi Festival, 2019; Corners Court of Victoria, 2019; Department of Health and Human Services, 2019; Koori Heritage Trust Art Show in 2018 and Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre Melbourne Museum in 2000. Her work is held in many private collections throughout Victoria and overseas including collections in New York, London and Berlin.

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  • Monday, 30 November 2020 - 9.00AM to Monday, 29 March 2021 - 5.00PM
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