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Cara Shields is a Wiradjuri artist born in Narromine and raised in Dubbo NSW.
Cara Shields is an emerging Wiradjuri artist born in Narromine and raised in Dubbo NSW.
Her studies of Aboriginal Art and Cultural Practices in Dubbo has influenced Cara in creating and after the birth of her son decided to create fulltime.
Drawing her inspiration from a traditional use of stylized lines being carved into tree trunks. They are known as Dendroglyps Trees, scared carvings that where used for burials, boundaries and ceremonies. Bark was also removed from the trees for the purposes of canoes, coolamon and shields. They are known as Scar Tree, with the bark removal a regrowth pattern will emerge.
Using acrylic paint and the traditional pigment of ochre sourced from the Dubbo area by her Uncle Wiradjuri Elder Peter Peckham, Cara’s Scar Tree and Scar Pattern Country series is a modern contemporary aerial interpretation on traditional artforms.
2022 Winner – Art Lovers Australia, Aboriginal Art & Torres Strait Islander Art Award
2021 Finalist – Koori Mail Art Award
2021 Winner – University of Sydney, School of Rural Health Dubbo Campus Wiradjuri Art Project
2020 Finalist – Paddington Art Prize
2019 Winner – MAGA Highly Commended in Temporary or Travelling Exhibition “Our Stories and Our Designs”, Group Exhibition