About the Queensland women's strategy artwork
An important part of developing the Queensland women’s strategy 2022–27 was addressing the needs of Queensland’s First Nations women.
As part of this commitment, we engaged local artist and graphic designer Casey Coolwell-Fisher to develop the strategy’s signature artwork.
Watch this video to learn about Casey and the strategy artwork.
About the artwork
Find below Casey’s description of the artwork’s meaning.
Everyone lives differently, has different support systems and achieves goals differently. This artwork consists of different stories, from different living groups, having a yarn and discussing life.
The 3 main centrepiece elements consist of 3 different demographic groups:
- Single parents: Represents a single parent with children with a big family/community support system.
- Single persons: Represents a single person, creating their own footprints.
- Parents: Represents parents with children sharing their stories and creating their own.
The groups are represented in the boomerangs to signify strength (structure), power (returning abilities), technique (hunting and gathering) and diversity (several uses).
The semi-circle in the centre represents a yarning circle that is holding all of the conversations through the line work and creating footprints through the dots.
The background has 5 different sections representing the yarning circle’s conversations:
- Diversity: The curved elements in this section represent different cells mixing and creating diversity amongst one another.
- Self-determination: Speaks to strength of one’s being expanding out into the world. The centre ‘u’ element represents a person, with the tiny dots being footprints that expand out through the outer curved lines.
- Empowerment: The triangle elements in this section represent goals/steppingstones moving upwards, the lines are the tracks being made and the dots are the people helping and supporting us.
- Safety and security: This section represents the safety and security we all need. The centre element signifies a shield, providing security and safety in all situations, such as employment and economic security.
- Wellbeing: This section represents our health and wellbeing, physically and mentally. The outer ‘u’ shaped elements represent the mental and physical aspects of one’s self. The lines represent connection, working and learning from one another.
The wavy lines (on the bottom of the artwork) represent the flow of our lives; nothing is in a straight line, we all have our ups and downs.
The handprints are that of our ancestors, helping us in our walking lives to achieve our goals and create knowledge for our future generations.
About the artist
Casey is a Quandamooka woman of the Nunukul people from Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).
Casey has a creative background in graphic design. She is the co‑founder and artist—alongside her partner Roy Fisher—of CHABOO, a home decor and design business specialising in hand-painted Aboriginal art on wooden products and graphic design art pieces.