Esther Kirby uses her art to bridge the cultural divide between traditional and contemporary life. Taught to carve emu eggs by her father, Billy Murray, she has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including at the International Women's Conference in Beijing, China in 1995 and the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006.
In her role as a Baraparapa Elder, Aunty Esther worked with her community to decide what stories would be told on the cloak about their Country. As the artist, she was responsible for expressing those stories through her own designs. The community were given permission to make the cloak by Elders Damien Murray, Lillian Murray and John Charles. Esther's sister, Phoebe Nicholson, made the Wadi Wadi cloak for the opening ceremony of the Games.
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Home: Baraparapa Elder Esther Kirby ,
silver gelatin print, 60x60cm,
Koorie Heritage Trust, 2011
Not to be reproduced without permission from the artist.