Piper Morrissey: Through the generations

Piper explored and represented intergenerational trauma as a result of the Stolen Generations.

“I believe Aboriginal Studies is an imperative subject and should be compulsory. I enjoy learning Australia’s True history,” Piper said.

“I have found most engaging and inspiring learning about indigenous individuals personal experiences of trauma, specifically in relation to the stolen generations.

“My major work entailed thorough research on the lasting impact of intergenerational trauma that is endured through the horrors of The Stolen Generations.”

Piper chose to display this research through art.

“I underwent multiple consultations to gain inspiration for how I would display these people’s words,” she said.

“I share this through the physical display of the spoken words, and stories, by those directly impacted.

Piper used linocut to showcase her work.

 

 

Read Piper’s Reflection below:

Reflecting my major work, I have addressed the affect that intergenerational trauma has on The Aboriginal Communities, as a result of The Stolen Generations. I will share this through the physical display of the spoken words, and stories, by those directly impacted. The media I’ve displayed this on is linocut, using printing as my method. Linocutting tools provide for the most raw, attention grabbing images. Due to the severity in need for awareness surrounding my topic, amongst Non-Indigenous Australia, I needed to sculpt my artwork to be as distinctive as possible. Including direct quotes, in my work, always held great priority. I chose to display the text to be seen clearly, only through a mirror, as the words themselves are highly personal and are a reflection of the individual themselves, and the world surrounding them. Overall, I am grateful for my experiences during the creation of this process, I wish that I had the resources to complete the extra portrait, I intended to create, as I feel my concept would’ve been displayed in a clearer light.