Maria’s country is from Cundolee/Tjunjara to Malinya in South Australia. Her Father “Mulba” is a famous elder born in Koroni.
In Maria’s words: “I grew up in Kalgoorlie, I love hearing about my family; their customs and traditions. I grew up as a Stolen Generation child and did not know my family in my younger years. Now living with my loving husband and children, I try to appreciate every moment I have with them. My aunties and uncles have told me plenty of stories; I dream about these stories and visualize my colours before even picking up my paint brush. I love painting and telling stories to my children so the culture can get passed down to the next generation."
About the artworks:
Maria: "In this dreaming, I paint about the free spirits. The outside circles represent the people who come into our lives – either the ones we love or the people we have lost but have never forgotten. Each colour represents the different stages/ages in our footsteps, like an event that has changed us. A specific colour may bring a significant event to our minds and force us to think about those times to complete our learning journey before continuing our path. The lines/dashes through the painting represent the trials, laughter, tears and fears that we were able to live through and come out the other side from.
I truly believe we are all visitors to this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love…. And then we return home.”