Maree Clarke is well-respected figure of the south-eastern Australian Aboriginal community for her work supporting Aboriginal artists and for her own successful career as a visual artist. In her practice she works to revive elements of Aboriginal culture that were lost in the period of colonisation and use art as a tool to heal. Her exhibition Ritual and Ceremony explored the traditional ceremonies of grief and mourning of her Victorian Aboriginal ancestors. It originates from Clarke’s fascination with the Kopi, a mourning cap made out of gypsum that was worn when a loved one or significant clan member passed away.

IMAGE CREDITS: Top courtesy of Leah Snyder | Bottom courtesy of Rosalie Favell.