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Rachael Sarra



Where did a love of art start for you? In Year 7 with a self-portrait project at school. For me, this was conflictin­g as I didn’t really know who I was at such a young age. I was having an internal identity crisis. I knew I was a mixed-race Aboriginal, Italian Australian, but I never saw myself reflected in my community unless I was at home with family. My work was more emotional and abstract, and was about being in my own world, where I felt I could belong and be heard. How would you describe your art? My work is described as contempora­ry Aboriginal art that’s an extension of my being and experience­s. I am a multi-disciplina­ry artist, but I feel most comfortabl­e when I’m creating digitally. What do you love about painting?

It’s an outlet that allows me to hold space for my emotions and experience­s in a way that I can acknowledg­e and work through them, while navigating two worlds as a proud Goreng Goreng woman in this contempora­ry space. Do you take commission­s? I run my own business as a commercial artist, First Nations influencer and creative director of Sar.ra. So I take both commercial commission­s and a limited number of fine-art commission­s each year. rachaelsar­; @sar.ra

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