This showcase includes works by several people in Robby's family unit, each exploring in their own way their personal connection to country. The unique perspectives, manifested as both paintings and ceramics, provide an understanding of what country means to contemporary Indigenous people across both age and gender.
Robby is a former super-heavy weight world champion fighter who reconnected with his passion for art within his 4-year prison sentence. Robby is a symbol of strength and hope to many inmates due to his success as an artist/singer/songwriter and his unrelenting dedication to culture, community and family. Within his own community, Robby continues to emerge as a leader through his work at First Peoples of the Millewa Mallee, where he is developing many initiatives centred around cultural rehabilitation for Indigenous offenders. Earlier this year, Robby made global head-lines and coined the now famous #toostrongforyoukaren hash tag after an incident with a neighbour went viral. Robby is the Co-Producer and Writer of the upcoming film directed by Alex Siddons titled 'The Art of Incarceration'. National release date coming soon, please see a short synopsis and a link to the film's website below:
'SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF INDIGENOUS PRISONERS AT VICTORIA’S FULHAM CORRECTIONAL CENTRE, THE ART OF INCARCERATION EXPLORES HOW ART AND CULTURE CAN EMPOWER FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE TO TRANSCEND THEIR UNJUST CYCLES OF IMPRISONMENT.'
My series of paintings pay homage to my grandmothers. Their stories have been passed down through storytelling whilst practicing weaving and have been re-whispered through the winds and the rustling of the trees. I paint their stories through my art.
When the men were away from camp. The Women Warriors would be in charge of taking care of the vulnerable. They stood with their fighting sticks ready. The strength was not only in their physique but also in their minds.