Maree Clarke, a Mutti Mutti, Yorta Yorta woman from northwest Victoria, began working as an Aboriginal Educator in 1978 in her hometown of Mildura. Her working life as an artist has seen her develop as a pivotal figure in the reclamation of southeast Australian Aboriginal art practices, as well as a leader in nurturing and promoting the diversity of contemporary southeast Aboriginal artists.
By the early 1990s, Maree was an important figure in the Victorian Aboriginal arts scene, involved in introducing the diverse talents of Indigenous artists from around Victoria. A growing awareness concerning the need for more inclusive approaches to the telling of Aboriginal stories from Aboriginal perspectives led to the establishment of the Koorie Arts Unit in Melbourne. She was the Senior Curator and Exhibition Manager at the Koorie Heritage Trust for 10 years.
Maree completed a Master of Arts thesis titled ‘Reflections on Creative Practice, Place & Identity’. Her research provided the inspiration for a series of art projects to reinvigorate the designs of her Ancestors in her contemporary art practice. This research continues to be significant in providing information about the material culture of her Ancestors.
Last updated: 8 October 2013, 5:40am