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Gloria Kearing and Rob Ewing, The River of Spirits, 2000, print, 60x90cm
The artist Gloria Kearing is a well-respected Bindjareb woman of the Nyungar nation. Her works have been included in Pinjarra Massacre Memorial exhibition and tour. Since January 2011 Gloria Kearing and Karrie-Anne Kearing-Salmon have been collaborating with Caroline Nilson of the Nursing Program at Murdoch University. Both women are committed to establishing programs in their community: to develop health literacy; health awareness; and skills to engage in healthy lifestyle choices.
She has collaborated on many projects and been included in exhibitions with Rob Ewing including:
-Travel Lines Erskine, commissioned by National Lifestyle Villages, Mandurah in 2009.
-The Art of Place, The Fifth national Indigenous
-Heritage Art Award, Reconciliation category, Australian Heritage Commission in 2000.
-Santalum Circus Park commission for MIRVAC Mandurah WA.
-Mural and relief artworks for the Tour Reception Centre commissioned by Alcoa World Alumina, Pinjarra WA in 1996.
Massacre site, Murray River, Pinjarra WA
‘The Pinjarra massacre site is important because it’s part of our culture and history. It’s a place where I can pay my respects. I truly believe the spirits are still there. (Gloria Kearing)
It’s a place of life-giving beauty as a river, also a place of great sadness because of the poignant tragedy that was the massacre of the Bindjareb Tribe. We need to remember the consequences of ignorance and greed.