The Vision - Designing 'My Skin, My Life'
The Vision -
Designing 'My Skin, My Life'
Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games
Reproduced courtesy Museum Victoria
Cinematographer: Jenni Meaney
Editor: Cameron Crowley
Producer: Kathy Fox
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Artist Brook Andrew talks about his designs for "My Skin, My Life".
-The canoe was an aspect, I suppose, of the whole performance, which I was asked to do a design for. So the design of the fish and also the pinji design and also the canoe design. And the designs are from my mother's country, which is Wiradjuri. And the beauty about these designs is that, I suppose, that different aboriginal people and also non-aboriginal people can probably recognize the designs, because they're quite famous in paintings from the Northern territory or the Central desert.
But these designs are also on shields, and clubs, and other objects from New South Wales and also Victoria as well. So that's really quiet some nice similarities. The black and white design was really a way in which you can do that. And I think also the black and white design is sort of like almost like sort of the spirit world as well. And so it was really bringing together stories from the real world and also, I suppose, a dream time world as well. And the four different fish, like the eel and the three other types of fish, representative of fish around Victoria and the way in which fish follow estuaries and sort of different rivers across the country. So it was a way of, I suppose, the fish representing people coming together as well.