Noongar art for airport to celebrate Naidoc Week.
VITA Warrell believes women are the backbone of families, history and future.
“Our mothers, our aunties, our grandmothers – they’re our teachers, our protectors,” she said.
“They’re our first and biggest inspiration.
“They pave the way for us to believe we can do anything we put our heart and our mind to.
“And we get taught all these things and we become the teachers for our daughters and nieces, because they’re our next generation and our future leaders.”
The 35-year-old Noongar artist jumped at the chance when asked by Perth Airport to interpret Naidoc Week and its theme this year, “Because of her, we can!”m through a painting. Her painting, Give, Provide, Nurture, pays tribute to the givers of life, providers for many, the nurturers to all, while being guided by the spirits of the ancestors.
“The spirits of our ancestors guide us through life, no matter the situation,” she said.
Perth Airport chief corporate services officer Debra Blaskett said it was terrific to appreciate Aboriginal culture and acknowledged the leadership role played by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in the community.
The airport awards two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarships during Naidoc Week.
Vita Warrell with her painting.