Title: ‘A Patch of Heaven on Biirrinba’
Artist: Frances Belle Parker (Yaegl)
Date: 2023
Medium: Acrylic on Linen
Size: 100cm x 110cm

‘A Patch of Heaven on Biirrinba’ is a special commissioned artwork created for our close friends the Patch family.

The painting represents a unique Maclean-centric view of Biirrinba (Clarence River), a view visible from the Patch’s house. This is also the view I grew up with and it has, in a way, become a symbol for me of home, my family and our Yaegl mob.

Throughout the piece there are mixed elements of a mosaic design in the sky and river and landscape complimented by intricate layering of patterns within the hills of Ashby and Woodford Island. A range of sunset colours have been used in the mosaiced landscape to glorify the most majestic time of day, as well as depicting a strong sense of connection to place.

There are numerous unique patterns in the hills to show elements of Yaegl history embedded within the landscape. A golden bronze has been used to signify strength and highlight importance of family, friends and connections to country. Linear markings show journeys through life, depicting the ebb and flow and continuity of life cycles.
Shapes reminiscent of shields have been used to signify protection while the small circle patterns represent tight bonds with friends, family and people who come into your life at the right time.

A special symbol I’ve introduced into this piece is the interwoven beehive forms as a loving nod to ‘Patch Honey’ but it also stands as a symbol of strength and connectivity.