I consider myself lucky. My working career is one that I love, is supported by my cultural knowledge, and that I am extraordinarily passionate about. ART.
The passion I feel for the work that I do has never diminished. With every exhibition that I am part of, I learn something new. My art practice has given me access to Museum collections across Australia and the world. Experiencing the work of those who came before me is something that I will carry with me always – I will never forget.
I use these collections to inspire me to recreate material heritage from the south-east Australia. Learning how to make these objects creates another need and responsibility, which not to allow these practices to slumber again. It is so important to give to and mentor the next generations. This is fundamental to my art practice.Maree Clarke
Through her own meticulous artwork and belief in enhancing the knowledge of her cultural heritage via art, Maree Clarke continues to inspire others to enjoy and participate in experiencing southeast Australian Aboriginal culture from a contemporary perspective. Clarke remains one of the key figures today in the story of southeast Australian Aboriginal art and the practice of cultural reclamation.
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This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Norma Gleeson Bequest.