I've never spoken about this sort of thing publicly. I've never really spoken much about it privately either. It's really hard. Every time I even think about it I get a dry mouth, my tongue feels like a lead weight, my hands shake. I'm crying now wiring this.
I have a file full of photos from about 15ish years ago. My mum was/is a foster carer. She started fostering I think when I was 14 or 15. In QLD. At first it was going to be temporary. The department assigned her three kids that were going to come and live with us.
My mum has 100 acres (that the bank owns mostly) in a small town in South East QLD. We built a small lined shed on it that we lived in when I was 6, that we continued to upgrade and extend (without council approval) until now it could comfortably sleep 10 - 18 people.
Earlier this year in a conversation with the CEO of my old employer I was told that Aboriginal people need to ask for power from the white people who control it.
I haven’t been able to stop thinking about that.
In its immediacy it felt unexplainable wrong, and it still does. I felt like the quiet part of the white supremacist system we live in was said out aloud. Just exposed in front of me by someone who benefits from it.
The more I thought about it, it didn’t stop being wrong but it also started to show me a way forward. White people now are in control because their parents were in control and the parents of their parents were in control.
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).
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...
I originally made this piece as a commission for a new project that is coming soon.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).