Indigenous artist

Mel Ladkin

Mel Ladkin is a descendant of the Awabakal & Wonnarua people with ties to the Githabul Bundjalung people and has been living and working on Bundjalung Country for the past 16 years. From a young age Mel experienced a deep and intuitive connection to the land. She felt the earth speak to her and was moved by the richness and depth of the colours that form the many ochres she has come across over time. Time, that she has spent in the bush, working with native plants, trees, their habitats and caring for country. Mel has always had a love of geology and been fascinated with rocks, minerals and soils. Working specifically with ochre, the careful and respectful collection to the preparation to make into pigment is a very personal journey. A time of deep connection and acknowledgement of all that have come before her. Mel’s collection of art works has evolved with much thought, care and respect. Her work speaks of an ancient wisdom, and she hopes her work will inspire others to open up to the spirit of the land and to the rich culture and knowledge that it holds.

Indigenous language groups

Awabakal Wonarua