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Azeza Possum Ramzan

"My Grandmother's Country" by Azeza Possum Ramzan


Commission Painting

Size: 242 x 125 cm

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

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Azeza Possum Ramzan is the daughter of Michelle Possum Nungurrayi and granddaughter of Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri. She lives in Reservoir Melbourne with one daughter Zaraiya Ramzan who was born in 2016.

Like her mother, Azeza also carries on the traditional stories, style, and much of the iconography of her grandfather Clifford Possum, with the addition of women's ceremonial stories and other women's dreamings.

Azeza's paintings also try to convey visual impressions of sunlight, cloud, shadow, and earth. Azeza Possum Ramzan now paints in Melbourne where her family, including her mother Michelle and aunt Gabriella Possum, now live.

Women are the principle gatherers of Bush Tucker and it is an important part of everyday life within the family clan. This particular painting, Grandmother’s Country, depicts women collecting food and also celebrates the fertility of the land. Aboriginal paintings are based on the myths of the Dreamtime. In modern dot representations, the sacred aspect of the painting is not always revealed, but the meaning remains, transmitted through symbols that are easily understood.