The event at HOTA allowed South Strabroke Artist Camp Mob to express, validate, and confirm the powerful transformative effect of such a venue. Our lives are changed and paths made clearer with the opportunity to immerse in Country, unite and relate to realities that we share as artist, first nation and people with intentions of cocreation towards a better world.
Circles were common throughout installations, art pieces and discourses. We speak the same language, basically, i feel we all want the same thing. Balance, equality and harmony in all of our relations.
HOTA is situated in Gold Coast, we were designated spaces in a beautiful park along the Nerang river and right by a beautiful laguna to jump right in when the heat was too much. Average of 32 degrees, a bit of smoke from the surrounding fires.
We each had the privilege of comfort under large shady trees that also served as means of hanging sculpures and artworks. I created an installation of 4 totems (basic stylized snake shapes located at the four cardinal directions hanging over a simple medicine wheel. The stones were found by Hague Best, Yugambeh keeper of knowledge and traditions, land surrounding Gold Coast, Stradbroke and the Nerang river. Hope i am not mistaking here Jo-Anne ;). Each direction was created in honour of my native ancestors and my Cree teachers, who made such a big impact in my life. They dance like family, reminding me of mine. I am grateful for the lessons that are brought to me as life is walking me through time along with the most wonderful teachers, foremost, my own children and all the people who walked along with me.
I had a table next to me and presented there, my portfolio full of this summers prints, collages and cyanotypes. I also had a dozen of printed artist camp journals that showed the images of the works that were inspired by that wonderful gathering of artists.
Gordon is one of the most famous Indigenous Australian Artists, part of Proppa Now Collective aiming to “change ideas that people had about what Aboriginal art is and what it should be.” He has inspired us with his teachings on importance of words, documentation, artist journals, and intentions.
Rebecca Ray, our exhibition curator (for the first time) and artist presented a piece made of mirror and encaustic paints, inviting reflexion about perception, past and clarity.
Alara Cameron displaying a beautiful painting expressing the clash between worlds and the difficulty of finding peace in what has become chaotic, impersonnal and superficial.
Another superb piece by Claire Agale, inspired by the mangrove trees surrounding the island at Stradbroke. Mangroves are highy important trees for the ecosystems.
This is Libby Harward, I do not have good photos of her work at HOTA but… i was at Clancestry festival in Brisbane and guess what??? I took some nice shots of her powerful statements regarding colonization, racism, injustice bringing strong presence of Indigenous people into the Urban Landscape, she is awesome!
I am truly grateful for Camp, the inspiration and huge changes it has initiated in my art practice, the gathering at Hota, that allowed us to show, share and thrive together (MAMUU) again. Thanks to the Yugambeh and Quandamooka People welcoming us on their land. Thanks to our Curator Bec Ray, Bradley, and HOTA crew, Gold Coast City Council for making this event happen.