Cion Paiwan - Winner of the 2019 Student Diary Cover Competition.
Cion is a proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman, currently studying a Bachelor of Environmental Science at USC.
This painting reflects on the many things women have taught us and done for us over time that go unseen. From looking after our families and our environment mentally and physically ensuring everyone gets their share of love.
Women are the carriers of life which is why this painting contains lots of spirals as that is life beginning. Shows of land form creations, water creation stories, spirituality and connectedness to our roots of mother earth. The bright colours in the background represents the colourfulness of life that exist. Every dot represents a woman and many trials and tribulations we go through on our journeys. There are two women’s faces in this painting that represent the physical and spiritual woman. The three spirit women represent my two grandmothers and my mother who inspire me to be a strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman.
The NAIDOC theme for this year is because of her, we can and this painting for me shows that because of our women we can live, love, breathe and create.
My main concept of unseen women is about mother earth and her unseen creation of all. In regard to the theme ' Together we all belong', we all belong to mother earth regardless of ethnicity, gender, colour, orientation, ability, religion etc and those things are what divide us when we all have one common cause which is to protect and respect our mother earth TOGETHER for a better future for all generations to come.