This commissioned series of Latte Cups, developed through Craft’s Aboriginal Projects, explores and celebrates a diversity of practice and narrative between four leading Aboriginal artists - Vicki Couzens (Gunditjmara, Keerray Woorroong), Lee Darroch (Yorta Yorta, Mutti Mutti and Boon Wurrung), Kent Morris (Barkindji) and Peter Waples-Crowe (Ngarigo).
Lee Darroch is a Yorta Yorta, Mutti Mutti and Boon Wurrung woman, who has lived on Raymond Island in the Gippsland lakes with her partner and two children for the past 29 years. She is an artist and community cultural worker and her practice is inspired by the need to continue cultural, spiritual and artistic practices. Darroch has run her own business, Gurranyin Arts for over 22 years. She feels guided in her artwork by the Old People who have gone before us and by her Elders today and hopes to leave behind a rich legacy for her children and children’s children to follow, so that the Dreaming will continue in an unbroken line.
Artwork — Dad's Story
This image depicts a long journey I made over a couple of days from where I live in the Gippsland lakes over the mountains to the Country my father was born on. It was snowing on the mountains, a complete white out and the trip took hours and hours. Two days later, the journey resumed to Kaila (Goulbourn River), Rushworth and finally a sacred site at Whroo. This was Dad’s story. I am re-telling it.
- Lee Darroch
The cup is made in Victoria by ceramicist Ingrid Tufts before the translation of the artist's work is applied to the surface. High fired to over 1200 degrees the work is both dishwasher and microwave safe.
Materials: southern ice porcelain
Dimensions: diameter 9.5cm, height 5.3, capacity is approximately 300ml.
Craft Aboriginal Commissioning Project
Craft Aboriginal Projects is committed to sharing Victorian Aboriginal craft with wider audiences by highlighting the impressive tradition of skill and creativity that exists within the local Aboriginal craft community. We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations, the first people of the land on which we meet, exhibit and celebrate craft.