Artwork by Mary MacKillop College student Dindi Lobo will be displayed at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane next year.
The display follow’s Dindi’s recognition at the 2022 Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art.
The awards recognise and promote excellence in senior visual art education throughout Queensland schools.
The artwork tells Dindi’s life story and heritage, depicting her journey to Brisbane from Papua New Guinea through the weaving and clay and installed on chicken wire following the shape of the Brisbane River.
Dindi said her artwork expresses her journey of identity through the interconnectedness of traditional PNG and western culture, which has been expressed through the techniques of nerokomi, customary and alternate weaving techniques.
“The silhouetted clay birds symbolise the native migratory Eastern Koel, whose flight transgresses both cultures,” Dindi said.
“The vessels are a secondary formation of the installation which focuses on my feminine identity.
“They are totems of respect to the forgotten female PNG artisans of my heritage.”
Mary MacKillop College is blessed to have students from over 40 different nationalities, and Year 12 students are encouraged to tell their own personal story and heritage through art.