Guidance From the Stars

To celebrate Reconciliation Week, Heritage Lanes commissioned a new piece of digital public art by local artist, Rachael Sarra.

Rachael Sarra’s vibrant creative practice embodies her experience as a proud mixed race, First Nations woman from Goreng Goreng Country.  Driven by a belief that art and design are vital to communication, connection and culture, Rachael invites us to see the world through her eyes with bold colours and dynamic contours. 

Introducing, Guidance from the Stars by Rachael Sarra.

The overarching idea for me was about the sky as a form of guidance.  We look to the stars often for guidance regardless of our cultural background so I thought that was a nice thread for everyone to have a place in the narrative. 

From a cultural perspective the sky is a part of our past, present and future.  We have stories that transcend our communities and the present day way before and beyond us as individuals.  I also thought about colour as a metaphor for feeling and emotions.  In our darker times we look to our ancestors for guidance and a clear path from our past, for our present and into the future.  This is seen and illuminated in the prominent teal elements in the center of the artwork. 

Our ancestors past and present and for our future guiding us.  In the lighter version these elements are not as prominent but they are still there.  This is a metaphor around the emotional state of being lighter, confident and empowered.  In these times guidance isn't as prominent in the foreground but we know it is always there.

Rachael will be at Heritage Lanes on 05 July to discuss this work, to meet Rachael and hear about Guidance From the Stars, register to attend here.