Artist: Sue & Elle Davidson
Title: Country Colonised
Materials: sand, dirt, sticks, twine, tent pegs
Scale : Installation 3x3mtr
Aboriginal people had an obligation to Country, believing if they cared for her, she would care for them. This system worked successfully for thousands of years.
Colonial planning practices decreed a new order introducing mapping, land grants and individual ownership. Sovereignty was never ceded.
Our artwork is a collaboration between artist Sue Davidson and Balangarra town planner Elle Davidson to invite the viewer to question their participation in this narrative.
This is our story as a mother and daughter, but also our story as a nation. A shared history that we need to come to terms with.
This artwork can be commissioned for an event or ceremony
Elle is a Balanggarra woman from the East Kimberley, born on Gadigal Country and calls Bundjalung Country home. From a town planning perspective she trains, consults and lectures using storytelling and thought provoking dialogue to empower Aboriginal voices and build allies. From time to time, Elle enjoys expressing her culture through art.