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 


The lands you live, breathe and work on have been beautifully cared for, nurtured and protected for over 60,000 years by it's Elders, Ancestors, Aunties, Uncles and young people. Akweke Stories acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands in which these paintings arise from, pays deep respect to the Ancestors, Elders and the Dreamings, and extends that respect and love to your family, people and community. 

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