STORY - Flannel Flower
Artwork: Flannel Flower | 60 x 60cm acrylic on canvas
Artist: Holly Sanders
The protected Flannel Flower is commonly found growing wild in coastal heath, scrub and dry forest Country. For Aboriginal people, all flowers and plants have a meaning and these indicate their usage under Lore. The Flannel Flower symbolises close relationships, intimacy and healing. It is adaptable and resilient in order for it to survive on Country and is the national symbol used for Aboriginal mental health awareness.
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.