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Peace in Nature Totems

Totems: In Indigenous tradition a totem is a pure object, plant or animal that’s inherited by members of a clan or household as their non secular emblem. Totems outline individuals’s roles and tasks, and their relationships with one another and their creation. (Reference: www.riverina-e-schools.nsw.ed.au)

This extraordinary and distinctive gallery of artwork has been created, designed and handcrafted particularly for this house, Gippsland Multidisciplinary Centre (MDC), by native indigenous artists Aunty Gloria Whalan, Uncle Dennis Seymour and Elen Foy.

The artwork is an expression of tranquillity, peace and spirituality discovered within the photos of birds, wildlife, fish and nature that surrounds us.

As one enters this constructing, the journey begins with the picture of a local Platypus, a mammal distinctive to Australian waters representing ‘freedom’, swimming serenely within the river of droop glass. Deep beneath the stillness of the water amongst the reeds, a child Platypus waits patiently within the security and serenity of the habitat.

The animals are delivered to life by means of ‘wooden burning’, a method that has been lengthy utilized in Indigenous cultures. The artists deliver every picture and the wooden to life by creating an emblem or totem that connects us with the earth and generates peace inside.

The photographs are designed to attract you contained in the portray itself. Every animal on every totem is positioned of their ‘proper place’- up within the sky, down on the earth, within the bushes, water methods. The place nature meant them to be.  You might be invited to expertise a journey of discovery amongst the ‘Peace in Nature Totems’, the place you might be transported to a way of magnificence, calmness and tranquility.

You might be welcome to put your hand on a picture and spot the place it takes you and the way it makes you’re feeling, or you might like to easily observe the photographs while you sit, stand or stroll within the house.

Youngsters could recognise the animals as they observe and discover the house. We encourage them to the touch and really feel the wildlife photos on the totems as a means of connecting to the earth, and to photographs of animals who could deliver a way of calm to the surrounds.


Auntie Gloria Whalan is a Wiradjuri girl, Elder, Artist and Writer of Indigenous Youngsters’s books.

Auntie Gloria’s Indigenous identify is Yurra Whalan that means ‘robust vivid sunshine’ – ‘Whalan’ that means ‘robust’ in Wiradjuri language.

Totem: Inexperienced Tree Frog

Auntie Gloria began drawing utilizing charcoal from the fireplace at a younger age; she is a recognised artist in her personal proper, and runs an artwork studio for indigenous and non- indigenous artists within the native space.

Auntie Gloria can be the lead artist, creator and designer of the ‘Peace in Nature Totems’ challenge and describes the work as a “non secular and earthy creation”.  This challenge took many lengthy hours and weeks to supply.

The wooden ingredient was chosen to create a way of each heat and calm to the house.  The method concerned creating and drawing every picture onto the poles earlier than being burnt completely into the wooden. Every drawing is exclusive and every animal has its personal traits.

Auntie Gloria describes this challenge as a “work of love- as Artists we’re proud to have made one thing unique- the one piece of artwork of this sort that we now have created collectively”.

Elen Foy is a Wiradjuri girl, an artist; her nation is positioned within the Blue Mountains space of New South Wales. Elen is also referred to as Vicki Elen, which is her beginning identify.

Elen’s Indigenous identify is Vedaliya –Daliya, that means ‘huge sand goanna’, the cultural totem of the Wiradjuri individuals.

Totem: Goanna

Elen is extraordinarily happy with her heritage and of making the ‘Peace in Nature Totems’ in collaboration with ‘Nanny’ (Auntie Gloria Whalan), and Uncle Dennis. Elen is a pacesetter and mentor in her group and enjoys with the ability to help individuals round her.

Elen’s philosophy on life is “Reside on Laughter and Artwork”.

Uncle Dennis Seymour is an Indigenous Elder, a Nuaragga man from the York Peninsula in South Australia.

Totem: Wallaby

Uncle Dennis lately graduated with a Masters of Visible Arts from Federation College Gippsland on the age of 86 years, and is extensively recognised for his panorama work of ‘nation’ in ochre.

As an artist Uncle Dennis enjoys passing on data to kids, younger individuals, and anybody who needs to find out about artwork in his local people.

In describing the ‘Peace in Nature Totems’, Uncle Dennis explains that “the strategy of burning wooden is a means of making the animal itself, its shapes and the character of the animal. The photographs come to life. It doesn’t simply turn out to be photos of animals, it turns into a dwelling expertise.

It’s a non secular creation- you go contained in the portray itself”.  


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