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Natalie Bateman explores mum’s country at the Bas

Artist and Walbanja-Yuin woman Natalie Bateman is inspired by her deep connection to family and the beautiful land she lives on.

minga bagan, meaning mum’s country, is Natalie’s latest collection of paintings on show at the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre from Saturday 17 June to Sunday 16 July.

Natalie always looks for ways to release her creativity through vibrant and uplifting colours.

“I have found my style in triangles, steering away from ‘dot’ art; triangles and line work are traditional Yuin art,” she said.

The use of triangles in Natalie’s work represents who she is - her DNA and connection to the land, and its beauty of sounds and colours.

Natalie feels humble when people see her designs move and shift.

“The flow between land, body, and culture is what I am seeking,” she said.

Most of Natalie’s paintings have the essence of her family - she considers them central to her life and creative practice. Knowing her ancestors walked on this land before her provides empowerment.

“Most of my ideas come from everyday living and the land - which feels so natural to me,” she said.

“The incredible colour, shapes and patterns. The smells, sounds and the stories passed down from my elders.”

The opening of minga bagan (mum's country), is from 5.30pm-7pm on Friday 16 June. Cost is free and bookings are through Eventbrite.

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Above: Natalie Bateman’s exhibition, minga bagan, is on show at the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre from Saturday 17 June to Sunday 16 July.

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