Milkali Kutju, meaning ‘one blood’ in Pitjantjatjara language is a call for unity, for an end to racial prejudice. I’m asking people to look beneath the surface and see that our differences are only skin deep. It doesn’t matter what colour or race you are, we all have blood running through our veins. In these works the paper is like a skin, and the piercings I’ve burnt through its surface invite the viewer to look a little deeper, and consider what lies beneath: Milkali Kutju – One Blood.
Robert Fielding was announced winner of the 34th Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Works on Paper Award for 2017.
Details of the work: Milkali Kutju, 2016, Pencil, ink and acrylic on pierced and burnt paper, 76.5 x 153 cm.
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