Dorothy Edwards 'Pink Swamp Lily 1' 2016, Pastel drawing, 56 x 76cm
"This drawing is about the pink swamp lily that grows in clusters in the soggy, sunlit ground near creeks and waterways throughout our homelands."
Dorothy Edwards is a Kokoberrin artist from Western Cape York Peninsula in Queensland. Her homelands on her mother's and grandmother's side are known as Pinnarinch and stretch between Staaten River National Park in the south and north to Nassau River, including Wyabba Creek and Dorunda Lodge area. The beautiful and remote lands of Pinnarinch encompass several important clan story places with Water Fairy being one of them.
Dorothy has always expressed an interest in creating art and has nurtured her children's love for art from a very early age. Her artworks are colourful celebrations of traditional and contemporary life in Cape York. Whether it is collecting bush tucker or preparing for ceremony, the sheer enthusiasm Dorothy has for her culture always shines through in her artworks.
"Making artworks connects me with my ancestors and my culture. I can remember being on country collecting bush foods or weaving with my aunties. Our families still do these things today and it's through making artworks and practicing our skills that things get passed on to the next generation. I'm proud of my children for being strong leaders and learning about their Kokoberrin culture so that it remains strong into the future."