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about akweke stories

I am a descendant of the Arrernte and Luritja clan groups from the Northern Territory, but was born and raised on the lands of the Larrakia people, Darwin. I now am cared for by the community in Naarm, Melbourne, and continue to work with and for my people. The young mob I have and continue to work with keep me going. Their presence is one like no other - to them I am Yaye, jijja, sissy. This is an important part of my story. 

My paintings came about through a hard time in my life. When I was at my lowest I needed an escape, so one day I started to paint. I painted the symbols from our communities, the lines of my Country, and the colours of these lands. I started to regain the feeling of belonging. I found a greater a sense of purpose in my community and life for my people. 

When I paint I get lost in the strokes, dots, and colours. My mind is at ease. I make sure I paint with my feelings and through that comes a story. These stories can be yours and you can create your own stories within them. I hope these paintings can help you like they have done for me. Put them up in your home, make them a part of your journey, or pass them on to one of your dearest, maybe someone who is also trying to find themsleves. 

Akweke Stories is a part of me. My art is my lil wun stories. I am Yaye, red dirt girl. 

Michelle Kerrin 

ARRERNTE // LURITJA