When Aboriginal women write to me about my artwork with negative critique why do they always (always) begin their critique with as an Aboriginal woman?
When Aboriginal men write to me about artwork with negative critique why do they always (always) begin their critique with ‘the dumb dawg ain’t even black’?
There’s a point to me mentioning this. Firstly both of these are attempts to make ‘less’ of my position in the community and try to wax some power play bs against me.
Second I can have different opinions, do things in a different way, it doesn’t make any less Blak/ Gamilaroi/ Dharug/ Aboriginal.
Second point... if you feel like you want to critique my work: write a review. My response to people DMing me to give me negative feedback about my work is: thanks for the feedback or I’m good thanks. I’m really happy making the work I’m making, you might not like it, that’s cool

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16 Feb
I’m not usually one for the big public announcements. I’ve resigned from the Australian Museum. There’s a number of reasons I resigned but I won’t be going into them here right at this moment.
The main reason I’m leaving is that I want to focus on making work for @AwesomeBlackOrg and making AwesomeBlack the best place it can be to support other First Nations content creators. I’m so excited about this.
My other focus will be my artwork and finishing my first novel. I’ll probably be on here spruiking Awesome Black & my work (more than I already do).
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16 Feb
Launching pre order for the 1st edition print of my recent work Burden to Bear.

If you remember a few weeks ago when I was the @IndigenousX host I wrote a decent sized thread about the work that I'll re-hash here... Image
I originally made this piece as a commission for a new project that is coming soon. It's not my project so I can't really talk about it. This piece didn't end up fitting into the project for the client so I was able to release it separately,
The image is on one level an Aboriginal jesusesque character pulling down a colonial statue. The imagery I drew inspiration from for the character was christian imagery of Jesus carrying the cross through the streets (a burden).
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