Title: ‘Arraygi Biirrinba’ (Remembering the Clarence) Artist: Frances Belle Parker (Yaegl) Date: 2020 Medium: Acrylic on Linen Size: 60cm (h) x 90cm (w)
‘Arraygi Biirrinba’ (Remembering the Clarence) is a painting that pays homage to the mighty Clarence River (Biirrinba, in Yaygirr) and my Mother’s family who grew up on a small island called Ulgundahi Island located within the banks of Biirrinba.
This painting depicts a view of the river from Maclean, this is the view I grew up with and it has in a way became a symbol of home to me, my family and our Yaegl mob.
When we allow ourselves to stop and take a moment to reflect on everything that is important in life may we remember (arraygi) those places that are special to us.
I paint what I am most familiar with, my river, my Biirrinba. I see the river as a life-giving vein that pumps through our body enabling us to be. The river contains many stories that are still today very important and symbolic for the Yaegl people.