This series of drawings explores the ripple effect in the lives of Aboriginal people and the way that past events cause widening and spreading consequences. The circular, repeating patterns represent ripples in water, reflecting how thoughts and actions cause chains of events that flow into the future.
One of the major challenges that still faces the Aboriginal community today are negative social attitudes. The artwork responds to judgments that are sometimes made about Aboriginal people without consideration or recognition being given to how past events and policies have shaped and influenced people and have impacted on their current circumstances. The designs symbolise the intricate and interconnected relationship between the past, the present and the future.
The lacelike designs represent the past by reflecting a history of Aboriginal women's subjugation into domestic service. The patterns reflect the elaborate designs sewn by young Aboriginal girls who were educated in missions to sew and perform other domestic duties. Traditional cultural practices were replaced with the skills of domestic servants.
While making these drawings, I was reflecting on how members of my own family and many others have been forced to fit into a society at the cost of losing their identity and culture. Through assimilation, traditional skills, knowledge, language and stories have been lost and the impact of this is felt in current generations and will continue to impact generations into the future.