• Stephanie Clifford Hosking Art

    Indigenous Australian Art

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • About Me

    All the pieces make make us whole...

    Me

     

    Stephanie Jean Wiidhaa Clifford Hosking

     

     

    Meaning Bower Bird

    Family Totem The Red Kangaroo 'bawurra'

     

    I am an Aboriginal woman raised in Brisbane Australia. My people are the Yuwaalaraay people, near Lightning Ridge NSW Australia.

     

    I am a proud Indigenous Australian but it wasn't always that way.

     

    My Mother Barbara Ann found our missing links during her family history research about 30 years ago. Before that we knew nothing of it.

    My Nanna, Heather Jean Rosalean, was never allowed to speak of her heritage to her children (my Mumma), my Grandpa insisited on that. I don't know his story as he died before I could ask. But now my Mother can piece together all the things my Nanna used to say, teach and show her, we understand that she did pass on teachings and our heritage in her own way...in a 'doing' way. And of course that was passed on to me and my brothers and sisters. All ten of us.

     

    Ever since I've known about where I come from, my art quickly made sense to me. I have always illustrated and painted in this style without ever giving much thought to it, however now I know my heritage, this knowledge underpins my work.

     

    My work comes through directly from my Aunties and more predominantly my Nanna. My work is to connect on their behalf, as well as my own.

     

    I am a proud white skin black fella.

    I believe in forgiveness.

    I believe in love.

    I believe in connection.

    We are all going to be ok, here in Australia as the old and the new forgive each other and combine. You will feel that in my work.

    xxx

    My Mum

    Barbara Ann Hubbert

     

     

     

    Her Totem is the Tirri Tirri (Willy Wagtail). She is brave, she is kind, she is wacky and had 10 children.

     

    She has a degree in Indigenous Studies, she is anElder in her Queensland community.

    My Nanna

    Heather Jean Rosalean

     

     

     

    She smiled, she read tea leaves, she had a white cockatoo and had 8 children.

    My Great Nan

    Fanny White

     

     

     

    Our Great Nan was born on Yeeranbah station and lived on the mission at Angeldool.

     

    Our people are currently working towards Yuwaalaraay land rights in Queensland.

    Our country transverses western state borders and our stories are from the Narran lakes right through to the Balonne river taking in Dirranbandi and Hebel areas

  • Connect with me.

    Email form & phone number below, for any enquires. Thank you.

    Byron Bay
    NSW
    Australia
    +61 0 400 844 100
  • Information about my people.

    Yuwaalarray People.

    Meaning of my totem - 'Wiidhaa'

    wiidhaa (YR, YY, GR) noun

    spotted bowerbird (Chlamydera maculata). The bowerbird is in a story about a fight, where the wedgetail threw the bowerbird onto a fire. A “clever” bird that still keeps his collection of magic stones. The bones and other items that the bird collects are thought to be the magic charms of the wiringin (clever man). Based on wii (fire) and, possibly, -dja (at, on).

     

     

     Referenced from http://www.yuwaalaraay.org/

    ARTICLE TO READ

    Place names in YUWAALARAAY, YUWAALIYAAY and GAMILARAAY
    languages of North-West New South Wales.

    By Anna Ash

    WIKIPEDIA REFERENCE

    The Narran River, the river I'm sure my son was named after.

    His name was made clear to me by my Nan.

    MAP OF THE YUWAALARAAY & GAMILARAAY AREA

  • Gallery

    Available for sale to any size and available to be printed on to the following materials:

     Archival Canvas rolled  |  Archival Canvas framed with hanging gear  |  Printed on archival paper  |  Printed on archival paper & framed with hanging gear  |  Printed on natural stone - square or rectangle.

     

     

     

    Seeds and Pods. Digital Illustration.

    Stephanie Clifford Hosking 2015

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    This piece is from the inspiration I gain when I find seeds and pods everywhere.  I feel it's so clever of nature to put things inside other things, and they fit so perfectly, kinda like Babushka Dolls.

    Mapping my place.  Pen & Ink 2012

    By Stephanie Clifford Hosking

    I have a tendacy to kind of 'map' my feelings out like this in illustrations.  At times they look like areal shots of an area of land.  

    Moss on a rock. Digital Illustration.

    Stephanie Clifford Hosking 2015

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    My interpretation of moss on river stones, they are very a very important symbol for our people.

    Green Gerbera.  Digital Illustration 2015

    by Stephanie Clifford Hosking

    All of the faces in my heritage...all at the centre of beauty and innocence - the gerbera.

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