Indigenous artist

Tracy Brislane

Tracy Brislane Designs

I was born on Darug land in the Western Suburbs of Sydney, all my life I knew I was of Aboriginal descent and was proud to spread my wings and explore our culture in more ways later in life. My mother was a Darug woman and at a young age, I was taken away from her to live with another family. The bond of strong women, culture and the thirst to pass down our stories of women’s dreaming has set me on a journey as an artist. My art comes from a place in my heart and the stories about my life and the obstacles I have had to overcome. My stories have taken me to many places around Australia but my heart is with my family and friends in Yorta Yorta country in Victoria and the Northern Territory where I live. My three children were born in Yorta Yorta country and have a deep connection to the bush and rivers that flow through the land. They are and always will be river people. My art shares the landscapes I grew up around, the places I have travelled, the journeys I have had with my family, and stories we have shared with women. I have worked on and off as an artist over the years, taught art in schools, and became a leader of a few remote schools in the Northern Territory. I love listening to women’s stories and sharing our dreaming and the contemporary life we live today. I also love listening to our elders speak of the past and share their vast knowledge of the land around us. I feel a sense of connection to my culture through my art, I identify as Aboriginal, am accepted in community and a proud Aboriginal woman.

Indigenous language groups

Darug and Yorta Yorta