Spectrum of Practice – Marie Clarke

Spectrum of Practice is about connecting young people with high profile contemporary artists, and creating an environment of mutual learning.

Maree Clarke is a Mutti Mutti, Wemba Wemba and Yorta Yorta woman from Victoria who works as a multi-disciplinary artist and curator of Aboriginal art. Making work that reconnects with her cultural heritage, Maree Clarke combines traditional Aboriginal art-making techniques with new media. Among other things she makes possum skin cloaks, kangaroo teeth necklaces and string-headbands alongside video and photographic installation; her work is collected worldwide.

During six workshops held at Artful Dodgers Studios young people made coolamons, jewellery, shields and breastplates while having conversations around identity and culture. As part of Reconciliation Week, we ran a public workshop with Maree and participants from Artful Dodgers at ACMI, and had a public exhibition at Federation Square’s Fracture Gallery.