Seeds of Renewal (2014)
145.5 x 91.5 cm
About the Artist
Marlene Plunkett is a talented Aboriginal Artist from Regional Australia.
Born in 1957, Marlene now lives in the community of the Wiradjuri Nation in the Albury/Wodonga area. Marlene is one of four children. Her grandmother was from the tribal lands of Bunganditj, also known as Boandik Nation, Mount Gambier area, South Australia. Marlene has six children of her own, and eleven grandchildren.
Marlene Plunkett's Seeds of Renewal reflects upon Dreaming stories, which give meaning to human life. Aboriginal people attribute their origins and occupation of Australia to their ancestors and spirit beings of their particular family groups, distinct to a particular area of land. These stories translate theories of occupation to their close relationship with the land. This has often been expressed by Aboriginal people when describing the land as "my Mother".
It is believed by many Aboriginal people that the same spirits who created the land, sea, waterways and life in general are involved in the conception and birth of a child. Hence today a direct link to Ancestral Beings and live continues. Most Aboriginal people believe that they came from the land. Ancestral Beings who created the land, seas, waterways, people, flora and fauna are known by different names depending on the local language group. These Ancestral Beings should be regarded with respect as their actions provide the knowledge and understanding that guide rules for living; treating other people in a socially responsible manner, managing resources and ecologically sustainable environmental practice.
So most things that we have on Earth starts off with a seed that can be regenerated time and time again from humans to all creatures. The Spirits have made it possible to keep our blood lines alive.