My name is Kenita- Lee McCartney, an Aboriginal woman from the South Coast of Australia.
Our story is holding onto your vision
When we started in 2018 i had previously ran workshops, opened an etsy store and had been painting. Since then in Dec/Jan i created my first website, the website was a page for me to continue painting and share it with the world, but most importantly a space to provide workshop details, write about the different projects i was apart of. A big part of my vision since being in business from 2016 is to have a better understanding for business and be able to continue to provide different programs and support to those who need it most. COVID 19 had turned my part time painting, into full time painting. I was selling a few small pieces every month in the beginning then the need and demand became bigger, with that i decided to create my work into prints, this way i didnt have pressure around the want for my artwork. Fast forward 7 months and my business has turned into a print business, i have pivoted many times already and continue to learn and grow along the way.
A little more about me, creating has always been apart of my life. This page was created to share my storytelling, healing, achievements through my art with the rest of the world.
I am a proud Wemba Wemba, Wiradjuri, Wotjiboluk, Neri Neri and Boon Wurrung woman.
Creating for me has always been my way to express emotions, experiences, healing and self care.
I began expressing myself through various creative practices, including dance and weaving. When I was around thirteen I started experimenting and connecting to a paintbrush, through this I created a visual representation of what was in my mind. This was a way for me to express my emotions and experiences.
Keeping our traditions alive is so important to me. My pembemgguk (children) are growing up strong within their identity and culture, surrounded by art, culture and community.
Matakupaat Arts is run on the Murray River in regional Victoria. Matakupaat Arts is situation on the lands of my people the Wemba Wemba people.
My vision is to create positive sustainable change through community-led initiatives.