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A N C E S T O R
E V O L V I N G
2020
Ocean dance
Polar connections
2020
Black man White man
Spirits
2020
Messages from Trees
Past and present life and death
2020
Ancestral spirits
The ancestors did not disappear
2019
Ephemeral Avatar
Our interrelational living system
2019
The Patterns we make
East coast Tasmania and Bruny Island
2015
Bunurong
Nature in the dark
Old black man and old white man 2019. Photo: Marilyn Torrens

Story

Lisa Roberts:

In 2017 I meet Aboriginal artist Marilyn Torrens from Jubal Bunjalung country. At that time we were both students of Cultural Arts at Eora Aboriginal College, now TAFE. Marilyn allowed me to photograph and animate a painting she made of a rainbow serpent, to include in an animated installation presented with Chico Monks, at the conference, New Science for a Changing World.

Now, in May 2020, Marilyn emails me this photo, taken in September 2019 during the terrible bushfires around Tabulam and Drake in northern NSW. Marilyn asks:

"... Look closely at it. I can see a real old aboriginal and in the side of him I can see an old white man. Let me know if you can."

I say, "I can! I see ancestor spirits in the smoke. I see them both looking up into the sky"

The black and white faces make me think of Victor Steffensen who wrote, after sharing stories with with Indigenous people in Finland: "...Today the disconnected people come in all colours, from black, white, brindle and brown. There was a deepening understanding that I was starting to become aware of, and it seemed to be a connection that underpins us all." (Fire Country: How Indigenous fire management could help save Australia. 2020. p.118)

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