‘Shaping Country’ – Original
101 x 76cm
Acrylic on stretched canvas ready to hang.
This work represents the shaping of Country. For thousands of years and generations First Nations people managed, fostered and shaped the land carefully. A complex system of land management, fire stick farming, aqua and agriculture of managing native flora and fauna were sustained for thousands of years. First Nations people are the first farmers, and Early European explorers marvelled at the maintained open grassy plains growing on friable, spongy soil. These explorers failed to recognise this was not ‘natural,’ but the result of thousands of years of careful management by the land’s traditional custodians. Evidence from artworks, journals and plant lifecycles show how Aboriginal communities have a profound impact on caring and shaping the Country.
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