When Aunty Eileen Harrison and Aunty Rochelle Patten initial met, their bond was fast. ‘I feel we are similar in some way, far more like sisters and we’re in the similar age bracket. We connect in what we consider in,’ expresses Eileen. The women of all ages were released when they the two joined the Yulendj group, a group comprised of 16 revered community customers and Elders from across Victoria formed in the course of the enhancement of the First Peoples exhibition at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre.
Eileen is a Kurnai Elder born on Lake Tyres Belief in Gippsland, although Rochelle is a Yorta Yorta and Wemba Wemba Elder from Mooroopna. Inspite of rising up in diverse pieces of Victoria, Eileen and Rochelle come across similarities that lengthen past art in Two Sturdy Sisters Related, showcasing extra than 38 new and present is effective that convey to tales of just about every of the women’s lives, particular histories, and physical and spiritual relationship with character.
Developing up, Eileen acquired about the stories of her men and women and region sitting down ‘by a large fireplace out in the darkish, stars in the sky’. ‘There have been stories about the Doolagahs and Narguns, Mrarts, all individuals myths and legends’, she reflects. ‘The trees and leaves, the h2o, the grass, all these tiny issues. I see patterns and symbols in everything.’ Eileen left school at 14 decades aged, and returned to examine when she was in her fifties, her in-depth, common paintings earning her the NAIDOC Victorian Artist of the Calendar year award in 2004. ‘I am very pleased of what I’ve achieved. I begun painting when I went back to examine, and it is helped me to explain to my story.’
Similarly, Rochelle demonstrates on treasured childhood reminiscences deeply joined to the area she grew up. ‘I was born in Mooroopna and lived on the riverbanks there. My father, when he stuffed in a kind, and it stated position of abode, he set ‘riverbank, Mooroopna’. I’m really very pleased of that.’ She went on to examine a Master of Utilized Science at Deakin college when she was 50! ‘I did it about the Dungahla (Murray) River and where we lived and how my mother revered everything.’
Two Strong Sisters Connected celebrates the women’s childhood stories, as nicely as their potent bond nurtured about the very last eight years of friendship.
Two Robust Sisters Linked
Opens Saturday 22nd February
Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Nicholson Avenue, Carlton