Since its inauguration in 2016 the Midsumma and Australia Post Art Award has quickly established itself as an important award in the ecology of the arts. With finalists selected from across the country, the non-acquisitive annual award is a survey of outstanding queer artists working across mediums reflecting their potent personal and political perspectives on the world.
Brothaboy Sistagirl reflects on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and identity. Brothaboy/Brotherboy/Brotha/Bro and Sistagirl/Sistergirl/Sis are all used interchangeably within our communities regardless of whether the individual identifies as LGBTQIA+. Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples also refer to themselves as being of two spirits (masculine and feminine).
Taking inspiration from the shape of a breast plate or King and Queen plate and metals used in the past I have combined these with natural cord and emu feathers, pushing the plate through its next cultural evolution, emerging with a new identity.