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The story of MODERN WOMEN … By Local Wagga Contemporary Aboriginal Artist, AMANDA HINKELMANN …BECAUSE ALL WOMEN DESERVE CELEBRATING!
Wella professionals are honoured to announce their Artistic collaboration with Local Wagga Contemporary Aboriginal Artist and proud Wiradjuri Woman Amanda Hinkelmann Because of my Four to tell the #WellaWoman story via First Nation Art & Symbolism.
The Wella Woman is one of us: she is Warm, Brave, Relatable, Powerful and Bold. Amanda brings these qualities to life in her beautiful paintings: YARRUWALA and DUGU-WAY-BUL.
Amanda painted DUGU-WAY-BUL (Completely, Altogether, Wholly) for #WellaProANZ to tell the story of unity, strength and unstoppable power of Modern Women.
These incredible works tell stories of women’s unity, diversity and support for each other – of a Modern Woman and all that she is: Brave and Unstoppable.
The artwork brings together the elements of the Woman (Yinna).
- Look closely and you’ll see images of women sitting together and standing strong and tall, proud and capable in all that they set their mind to. The Stars (Budhu) represent the matriarchal strength we have from our ancestors, who live amongst the stars.
- They also represent the ambitious nature of women – reaching for the stars and finding their strength.
- The Meeting Places (Ngurang), symbolise community – our tribe. Representing the strength in unity of women from all backgrounds, thriving amongst our diversity and celebrating each other.
- The Pathways (Murruway) within this piece lead off the artwork, showing that we can determine our own future and walk our own path
- The Wind (Girray) is free flowing, almost like strands of hair blowing in the wind.
- The River Red Gum (Biray) and River (Bila) symbols, represent the artist’s connection to Mother Earth – her home on the Murrambidya Bila (Murrumbidgee River).
YARRUWALA (Mighty, Very Strong, Almighty) artwork Amanda Hinkelmann Because of my Four created for @WellaPro_ANZ to tell the story of togetherness of Modern Women.
- The Women (Yinna) in this artwork are sitting together in meeting places. This symbolises the togetherness of women and the importance of sharing their wisdom to empower and celebrate success of one another.
- The Stars (Budhu) represent the matriarchal strength we have from our ancestors, who live amongst the stars. They also represent the ambitious nature of women – reaching for the stars and finding their strength.
- The Meeting Places or Camps (Ngurang) symbolise community – our tribe. Representing the strength in unity of women from all backgrounds, able to thrive amongst our diversity and celebrate each other.
- The Pathways (Murruway) winding within the concentric circles. These pathways celebrate the opportunities we, women, have and our ability to prosper. These symbols are anchored within the meeting places to signify the idea of unity and strength of strong women supporting each other.
- The Wind (Girray) is free flowing, almost like strands of hair of a woman standing tall, powerful and free. Her hair blowing beautifully as she reflects on all that she has achieved.
Australian Aboriginal Art uses symbols to preserve the culture and tradition, to tell the stories, to teach survival and use of the land. Symbolism is a language originated from the impulse to honour that which we, humans, hold most sacred and important. As well as admiring the beauty of Indigenous Art, learning the meaning of visual symbols it uses, and drawing parallels in our many cultures, helps us to understand and appreciate each other as human beings.
We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of the Land, and their elders, past, present and emerging. We appreciate and respect the sharing of allowed knowledge and the enrichment this brings.
This stunning artwork adorns Wella Premium Gift Sets, which are available at PRICE ATTACK WAGGA MARKETPLACE.
*Information from Wella Professionals