Aleerah Baker

   

I am proud Olkolo/Kutjala woman passionate about sharing my Indigenous culture through my artwork. I have always been creative, loving colour and having a natural artistic flair, but I only found my true outlet through my Indigenous art. I use a wide range of modern colours in the diversity of my artworks and hope to inspire joy and connection to country and family.

           HEALING PATHWAYS

STORY: My artwork represents four important regions – saltwater (food & hunting), rainforest (protection and fresh water), coastal (healing properties of the Sun and salt air for our airways) and inland (herbal medicines and journey lines) and the benefits each region provides to our health.  The centre represents optimal health through connections (storytelling) with our mob.  When we stay connected to community & country, practice traditional cultural ways we become whole and HEALING comes.

I see healing for our people is through cultural connection with one another and country.

When we take pride in our cultural identity, connection to country, and involvement in community we know these are the important factors of our overall health.
I believe our focus as a culture, to achieve healing, is to return to our traditional ways.


Community – Culture - Healing

         COASTAL

STORY: This piece shows the beauty and importance of the coastal area to our people. The center represents the communities that reside on the coastline and the connection they have to both the land and water in these areas. Each component being as important as the other and both working in conjunction with each other to achieve balance for these communities. Our People, Our Home, Our Story.

         WHICH WAY, OUR WAY

STORY: Which Way, Our Way depicts the journey we as Indigenous people take through our life.  Which way is a term our mob use to ask each other how we are.  The meeting places represent the different mobs we encounter during our life that helped us, inspired us, or just cared enough to ask us how we are.  The lines and dots show Our Way, the guidance and support we received from family, friends, teachers, work colleagues and mentors that helped us connect, identify with who we are and achieve success, Our Way.  

         LAND

STORY: Land Life shows and signifies the importance of the land in which we live. It is my Acknowledgement of Country pictorially. I Acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I work and live, I pay my respect to all Elders past, present and future and thank them for their care of the land in which I currently get to enjoy.