Walk Softly: Russell and Raechel Saunders
18 JUNE to 2 AUGUST
Opening event Saturday June 20, 2pm
Russell Saunders + Raechel Saunders
A collection of works by Biripi artists Pastor Russell Saunders OAM and daughter Raechel Saunders that celebrate the beauty of Biripi land, its people and the animals that live alongside us.
The exhibition explores issues of Reconciliation, connection to land, and the revival of Aboriginal language & culture. Both Russell and Raechel work in a variety of mediums, including works on paper, painting, prints, ceramic works and wood carving. The family designs have been handed down through the generations, and they are created again and again in different versions to keep telling stories and share knowledge.
"Fire is important to my people. Fire gives warmth and gives comfort, and importantly cooks our food. Fire also regenerates the growth of trees. Cleaning out the old branches and bushes allowing new small growth to grow. Fire also helps the hunters to flush out prey and direct animals in a certain direction. This painting represents the importance of fire to the people, land and life." Raechel Saunders
Image: Raechel Saunders, Fire 'Watha' acrylic on canvas. Image courtesy of the artist