Lisa Campbell puts a contemporary twist on the traditional Aboriginal dot painting.
Lisa Campbell puts a contemporary twist on the traditional Aboriginal dot painting.

Lisa keeps stories alive in paint

RECORDING her culture is what inspires Maryborough resident Lisa Campbell to put brush to canvas.

The contemporary Aboriginal artist is self-taught and paints stories she was told by her grandmother while growing up in Alice Springs.

It is those years searching for bush tucker with her grandma on the outskirts of Alice that she wants to portray for younger generations.

“I loved those trips,” she says with a smile in her voice.

“I want to record them somehow and remember them.”

During these journeys into the scrub Lisa recalls finding bush fruits, including berries, and small lizards.

“It’s really important,” she says of passing on her Aboriginal ways.

“It’s the only way we’re going to be able to keep Aboriginal culture alive.”

Lisa’s partner, Justin Parsons, is also Aboriginal and well-known around Maryborough due to his didgeridoo playing at the NAIDOC festival for the past three years.

The pair has three children, Dwayne, 11, Jaden, 9, and Monica, 7. The two boys perform traditional dancing with Justin as well as a few Butchulla songs.

They started when they were toddlers, while Justin has been dancing for about 12 years.

Lisa has been painting on and off for the last nine years and describes it as a hobby rather than a profession. That is despite occasionally holding Aboriginal art and craft classes at Janet’s Art.

She says that although her works are about natural Australia she puts a contemporary twist on the traditional Aboriginal dot painting. She has a close link with the land and uses acrylic on canvas to demonstrate this.

“It’s all in my mind and painting is just a way of getting the stories out of my mind and creating something people can see.

“Hopefully they’ll be as proud of it as we are,” she says of her children and Aboriginal culture. “It will give them a sense of who they are and where they came from.”



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