My name is Kenita- Lee McCartney founder of Matakupaat Arts.
When we started in 2018 i had previously ran workshops, opened an etsy store and had been painting. Since then in Dec/Jan 2020 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, share my culture and creativity.
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 didn't have pressure creating my art, being a mum of two.
Fast forward 7 months and my business has turned into a print business, i no longer sell original paintings, i have pivoted many times already and continue to learn and grow along the way.
A little bit about me:
Creating has always been apart of my life. This page was created to share my storytelling, healing, achievements through my creative arts with the rest of the world. I have been using creative arts to tell me stories from a young age, the visual look may be different from traditional but it is still the same storytelling.
I am a proud Wemba Wemba, Wiradjuri, Wotjiboluk, Neri Neri and Boon Wurrung woman living on the stolen lands of the Wemba Wemba people.
I am driven to see change in my community, a vision i've held onto since i was called back home. My passion to see thriving, strong cultured communities is evident when you know me, i am using the current time to be able to show the rest of the world, my supporters and others how that passion and how it will grow to create positive change for community,
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. My vision is to create positive sustainable change through community-led initiatives.
Being in this space has opened up a lot of opportunities, being community driven person i have been able to give two other people in my region to connect with Triple J and a leading brand in Australia. These opportunities can change peoples lives, i've seen it with my own eyes.
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.