About the artist

Emma Hollingsworth

The talented Emma Hollingsworth @mulganai gives us a personal insight into her life as a young female Indigenous artist and model in Brisbane - Life apparel Co

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 From a young age, I knew I wanted to be an artist. My mother said before I could even walk, I was drawing on just about anything I could find- including the walls, and when I came of age, I began taking it more seriously. It took me a few years to learn and develop my own style, but I did whatever I could to paint and learn more about my culture.

I grew up travelling Australia with my family and visiting many Aboriginal communities and a lot of my works today reflect all that I have seen and experienced. My parents were both Aboriginal pastors, so growing up was an adventure, as we constantly moved and travelled to places all across Australia doing missionary work in Aboriginal communities.
I find inspiration from my aunties and uncles who are also heavily involved in the arts and cultural sector in Australia.
I also grew up visiting the local Aboriginal Art Gallery in the town of Lockhart which is where some of my mob is from. A few of the mob regularly display their works there; such as the Omeenyo's, the Accoom's and the Pascoe's. Seeing these beautiful artworks at a young age really inspired me to follow in their footsteps.

One of my most memorable experiences was travelling to Uluru and Alice Springs in 2011. While there, I was able to connect with my aunties and uncles who showed me the traditional way of culture through paintings, astronomy and dance - among other things. This experience greatly influenced the way I create today.

 

 

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Queensland Museum

My greatest accomplishment so far is having my work exhibited in the Queensland Museum, in Brisbane in 2018. This was thanks to an Indigenous artists group called 'DYA' which recognised my abilities and talents and gave me the wonderful opportunity to display my work in the museum. 

 

 

Emma is captured here with her work 'Community Dreaming' which was exhibited in the Queensland Museum in 2018.

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MULGANAI WAS BORN