STORY - Banksia
Artwork: Banksia | 60 x 70cm acrylic on canvas
Artist: Holly Sanders
This painting represents the Banksia flower, which is culturally important to many Aboriginal people. The rich nectar is released from the flowers by soaking them in water to make a sweet drink. Large honeyeater birds attracted by the nectar are also hunted and trapped for food. The dry seed cones still attached to its branch were also used to ‘carry’ fire in the practice of fire-stick farming.
Holly Sanders is a proud Aboriginal Bundjalung woman who is currently residing on Yuin Country, South Coast of New South Wales. Through her art she aims to share her stories, culture and Country in a contemporary way. The patterns of Saltwater Country motivate her, as do stories from the past.
The colours and patterns utilised in her art are a reflection of her connection to Country and used to develop a modern interpretation of her Aboriginal culture.