Frances Belle PARKER

Accession number 2010_04
Artwork title Ulgundahi, My Identity
Date of work 2008
Credit Line / Acquisition Information Acquired from the Artist 2010
Edition Edition: 1 of 15
Display Height / Width 332cm x 505cm
Subject Landscape
Artwork Statement

Ulgundahi, My Identity is a three plate etching each strongly depicting important aspects of Ulgundahi Island and Beiirrinba (Clarence River) and how these aspects inform my identity.

Ulgundahi Island is one of the many islands contained within the banks of the Clarence River. This is the island that my mum grew up on. When the early settlers arrived in Maclean they forced all the Aborigines from the area onto Ulgundahi Island. They did this as a way to contain them. The island had a school and church for the people to attend and learn the white missionaries ways.

Aboriginal families continued living on Ulgundahi until 1961 when heavy flooding forced them to leave for good. The island continues to play an important role within the Yaegl landscape and it will continue to be the heart of the Yaegl people.

I map the area of Yaegl land that I am most familiar with, by doing this I am able to share a part of who I am with those who view my work.

Credit Line / Acquisition Information Acquired from the Artist 2010