'Galnyan Wuta' 'Respect to All' - Postcard for The Disability Royal Commission 2020.
This piece represents equality in human beings as depicted by the two people figures shaped as shields. Their upper bodies and arms are shaped in U's - the Aboriginal symbol for people. The shields symbolise strength and resilience in the face of adversity who strive for equality, respect and human rights.
The two people stand side by side as equals holding equal weight, taking equal place in society. The gathering circles which they hold represent the Royal Commission and the hope it signifies to the community; they represent community support in which we gather strength.
The blue circles with white dots represent the many people and families who have experienced violence, neglect and exploitation because of their disability. The deeper blue waves signify connection to other families in the same position, they represent each family's journey with the Royal Commission towards a positive better future.
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Simone provided a wonderful piece of art work for Melbourne East Disability Advocacy. We have utilised the art work on our Disability Royal Commission postcard that we are distributing within our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The art work provided was a beautiful image depicting "equality in human beings". The image complements our message which is about raising the profile of the Royal Commission into the Violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability. We are proud to have Simone's original art work to display on our postcard and in our office. Simone showed kindness and support and was flexible and accommodating with our request. I would highly recommend engaging Simone.
Jan Mattrow, Executive Officer, Melbourne East Disability Advocacy (MEDA)