Image of two 3D sculpted busts on top of a white and black striped background. One sculpture has aqua face with red hair, eyes and eyebrows and yellow ball flowers attached to a green leaf on left shoulder. The other sculpture has a purple face with red hair, eyes and eyebrows and a long yellow necklace around neck.

Resilience in Isolation: My Boonwurrung Queens

Jarra Karalinar Steel | Boonwurrung

My Boonwurrung Queens by Jarra Steel is a celebration of the matriarchs of the Boonwurrung.

“I come from a long line of strong, intelligent and caring individuals, who have lived through great adversity, doing the work to not only ensure the survival of their own people and culture but also for all the First Peoples community.” – Jarra Steel.

The 3D sculpted busts are based on strong facial features that Jarra sees in her family. She intends to use the bright colours on the eyes, making the unseen, seen. In particular the use of Magenta and Cyan is deliberately chosen as they are impossible colours, that visual cortex of the brain constructsThe background is generated from the patterns that Jarra has engraved on emu eggs in the past, influenced by some Kulin design but also a lifelong habit of automatic drawing.

Jarra Karalinar Steel is a multidisciplinary artist/creative from Melbourne, who has studied a Bachelor of Production from VCA and Master of Arts (Art in Public Space) from RMIT.

This work is part of YIRRAMBOI’s Resilience in Isolation program which supports our First Nations creatives to continue their creative practices and development during the isolation.