Alkina Edwards is a Koorie woman from Echuca. Through her mother’s side, she is a very proud Yorta Yorta, Wemba Wemba, Mutthi Mutthi and Wiradjuri woman. From her fathers side she is a proud Bundjalung & Wakka Wakka Woman. Alkina creates Aboriginal art which highlights and reflects self expression, self-determination, identity, culture, family, community and love.
She has been creating Art since she can remember, recalling fond memories of sitting back and watching her Elders and family members draw, paint and talk about her cultural stories and create those into art. It has always kept Alkina strong in her identity, values and beliefs.
Creating art is everything to Alkina, it runs through her blood from both sides of her family. Alkina describes art as her forever dreaming and her identity. It helps her express herself, tell her truth, her cultural stories and her history.
The meaning of my artwork is to depict the knowledge that the elders have and have continued to pass on for many generations. This includes the importance of our connection to country, communities, waterways, strong identities and cultural stories. Continuing to guide and pave the way and in doing so strengthening us to care for them as they did for us and to take care of the lands and our communities.
I have placed in the middle a gathering circle and within that circle I have visual representation of our Elders within our communities. This is to show respect and acknowledgment to our Elders who have continued to guide, nurture, show strength and pave the way for all our families and communities.
The people standing below represent our community people. The next generations. As we sit, listen and learn from our Elders and become strong in our identities and culture.
The blue represents our water ways within nations. The life source of our people.
The bottom represents the lands we all walk on and the importance of being grounded and connected to your country. I chose to do line work within our land to represent the Victorian Aboriginal peoples and the imprints they have made and to show the Elders who have come and walked through before us.
The green represents our flora and how we use this within our culture and survival as a people.
The top segments represent our possum and kangaroo skins and cloaks. This represents our Elders and their leadership while depicting artwork on our cloaks of line work, waters ways, ancestors and native animals.
The top represents our dreaming where are creators & ancestors are and where we will eventually go. Our spiritual place.
I am forever inspired by my Elders from the communities I come from. The work they have done and continue to do strengthens who I am everyday. As a kid growing up we were taught to always respect our old people and always listen to their stories. Because of them I have grown up strong in my identity and have been strongly connected to my mob and community.
This years theme means a lot to me as I hold my Elders closely to my heart. I think it’s always important and special to recognise the history and continued stories of our Elders and their contributions to our communities and creating art is one of the many ways I show my appreciation to them.
The official NAIDOC theme for 2023 is For Our Elders.
We invited submissions from Victorian based Aboriginal artists to have the opportunity to see their design be the OFFICIAL VIC NAIDOC 2023 POSTER
The chosen design won $3,000 and now their artwork is used as the 2023 Victorian NAIDOC Poster and all communication assets, including posters, event briefs, merchandise and media channels.
Poster entries closed 5pm AEST Sunday 14 May 2023