Morelia - The Story Keeper

Morelia - The Story Keeper - Kirwan State High School Cultural Arts - Wire, steel, ghost nets, cable ties, found materials  

Kirwan State High School Cultural Arts

Morelia - The Story Keeper

Wire, steel, ghost nets, cable ties, found materials

60 x 150 x 600 cm - 1100m stretched


Photography: Andrew Rankin Photography

About the Work

Morelia is a 6m long wire and ghost net sculpture of a local scrub python, slithering around collecting hand-painted story stones. She is a symbol for environmental sustainability and preservation of culture.

Morelia's core structure reflects the importance of a sustainable world. Her skeleton is made up of a combination of rods and wires, as well as abandoned fishing nets gathered from local beaches (known as ghost nets). The use of these ghost nets is symbolic of the need to be using and reusing resources around us, adapting to an ever-changing world, as well as being representative of this growing medium for Indigenous Arts.

Valuing individual stories and perspectives, Morelia collects these real treasures and preserves them in her belly. Together they become a vibrant, undulating ripple of patterns and colours coursing through Morelia’s body as she digests them gaining strength from the many narratives of her community.

About the Artists

The artists are the Cultural Arts students in grades 9 to 12. This project works towards a Certificate II in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Visual Arts Industry Work. Students were supported in this collaborative art project by their teachers and mentoring artists.

These mentoring artists include Jane Hawkins, Rhonda Payne, Debra Harber, Kerrie Everett, Bronwen Salton and Kate Holznagel.

In addition, students also invited their peers to join them in painting their own cultural stories on the stones.