A Stolen Generations survivor uses art to tell her story, process grief and heal.
Sandra Hill’s Homemaker series, three paintings from which are on display as part of The View From Here, reflects on her life experiences and those of her sister, mother, aunty and grandmother — all of whom are also Stolen Generation survivors, their stories spanning multiple decades.
Each painting in the series depicts an Aboriginal woman in a Booka (kangaroo-skin cloak), situated in a brightly coloured domestic setting. In contrast, the white people of the Homemaker series are rendered in grey tones.
Hill is a Minang/Wardandi/Bibbulmun/Ballardong Noongar woman who lives and works in Balingup, Western Australia. She is an important public artist and community leader, both in the arts and culturally. She is a board member of Wardandi’s Undalup association and believes deeply in the power of art to reconnect Aboriginal people to their Country.
“The most important thing about art, for me, is the stories; sharing the stories, sharing the experiences.” — Sandra Hill