For those of you who have recently visiting the Roxby Downs Doctors Surgery on Burgoyne Street, you might have seen a new art instalment: Kintay Birrang.
Designed by local Aboriginal artists, Jody Fereti and Sandy Gibb, the mural was painted as a part of NAIDOC Week.
"We incorporated the NADOC theme in it which was "Because of her, we can," and that hospital theme with the women going off to another hospital to give birth," Sandy explained.
Because the local hospital doesn't have a birthing suite, the challenge all mothers-to-be in Roxby Downs face is the need to travel to a town that has one when their child is due.
"The painting is about life; it's about giving life and new beginnings" Jodie explained.
"We have the tree of life," Sandy added, "and the sun being the giver of life, and that journey that women make to give life,"
This project was the first time Sandy and Jodie had tried their hand at painting a mural, but it wasn't the only first for both artists.
"We've done our own artwork, and entered them into exhibitions and things, but never done a painting together," Jodie explained.
"It was an awesome experience working with Jodie on that painting!" said Sandy, "I spent a lot of time at her house doing that painting, became part of her family, but we just loved doing that painting so much. A lot of our heart and soul went into that, so we're really happy with how it turned out!"
"With a few tears as well!" joked Jodie.
The painting is important to Jodie and Sandy in more ways than one, as Sandy explained.
"As an Aboriginal woman, if I see some Aboriginal art or things like that in a space then I automatically feel safe in that space.
"The painting is so colourful; people go to hospital because they're sick, and I think if they see something so colourful and vibrant it might just make them happy for that little period of time"
Listen back to RoxFM's interview with Jodie Fereti and Sandy Gibb below:
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