Tribute to Saretta Fielding
17th February 2021
Mr GREG PIPER (Lake Macquarie)—I'd like to acknowledge the outstanding talent of nationally acclaimed and multi award-winning artist Saretta Fielding from Toronto. Saretta is an Aboriginal woman from the Wonnarua Nation and her work deserves the highest praise. Saretta's works celebrate not only the natural beauty of Lake Macquarie and the wider Hunter Region, but also the traditional culture of her people. They are created in a style which reflects the many traditional sand engravings found throughout Wonnarua country, adding a unique dimension to her works. Saretta has received widespread critical acclaim and just some of her achievements include gaining global recognition in 2014 when her designs were featured on Ray Ban glasses, winning the major prize in the Our Communities exhibition here at NSW Parliament House, and being named the 2018 Sydney Royal Easter Show Wearable Art Winner, as well as being named a joint winner of the 2020 Lake Macquarie Arts Leader Award. In addition to her passion for her art and culture, Saretta is a dedicated advocate for the Aboriginal community and was a pioneering board member of Yarnteen which aims to build Aboriginal involvement in business. I congratulate Saretta on her accomplishments.
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