Indigenous artist

Mel Ladkin

I am a proud Awabakal women of the Wonnarua nation with ties to the Githabul Bundjalung people and has been living and working on Bundjalung Country for the past 15 years. Working specifically with ochre, collecting is part of my art practice and is a deeply personal and spiritual part of the process. I've curated my collection of ochre over many years. Collecting brings me a deep sense of calm, clarity and stillness and brings me closer to my ancestors. Over many years I've been painting my daughter with ochre for dance performances, and from this experience felt a calling to work the stunning colours of ochre into my practice.

Indigenous language groups

Awabakal Wonarua

artwork