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    Kimberley McKie b. 1996, Perth, Western Australia Lorna Dawson b. 1970, Port Hedland, Western Australia PASSING DOWN OUR KNOWLEDGE 2021 Acrylic on Wood © Kimberley McKie/Copyright Agency, 2021 © Lorna Dawson/Copyright Agency, 2021 This painting is a collaboration between mother and daughter. As Aboriginal artists, Kimberley and Lorna responded to the themes of the Engaging Youth in Regional Australia study by highlighting the importance of intergenerational knowledge for regional youth, especially those with Aboriginal heritage. As Kimberley explains: "To my mother and I, the passing down of our knowledge and culture to me and my siblings is very important, as it gives us an opportunity to see what it was like for my mother to grow up, and how we will be able to learn and grow to make the future better for all the next generations to come. If my mother didn’t pass down her knowledge and culture to us, it would be harder for us to see the correct path in life for us to take to ensure we have a good future, and place to live in, for our next generations." The piece of wood which Kim and Lorna have painted is from a fallen Southern Blue Gum, Eucalyptus globulus, on Dja Dja Wurrung Country. The wood travelled from its origin in Woodend, Victoria to Port Hedland, Western Australia in 2020 – the two farthest points in this year’s Finding Home exhibition – crossing a distance of 5,000 km by road. Kim was born in Perth and moved to Port Hedland when she was two years old. She grew up in Port Hedland and went to school there. She has an older brother and two younger sisters. She started to paint in school but didn’t really take it up much as a hobby until she graduated high school. She likes to copy pictures – whatever is on her mind. She’s been an Arts Worker at Spinifex Hill Studio since last year. She started with her mum, and it’s been one of the most enjoyable jobs she’s had. She loves art itself and the creation of art, and she loves seeing other people interpret in their own way. She likes being a part of that. Lorna was born in Port Hedland and raised in Perth. She came back in her early teens. She is the mother of four beautiful children and the sister to 14 siblings. She started painting as a personal journey – picked up a few skewers (used for dot painting) and it helped her get through her bad days. She paints in dots. She dabbles in dots; she likes to say! Sometimes she paints animals. Sometimes she paints the country. Lorna is also an Arts Worker at Spinifex Hill Studio. Kim and Lorna are represented by Spinifex Hill Studio in accordance with the Indigenous Art Code spinifexhillstudio.com.au indigenousartcode.org/the-indigenous-art-code