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Temple & Webster RAP artwork “Journey Home” by Alysha Menzel

For our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), we were thrilled to commission First Nations multi-disciplinary artist Alysha Menzel to produce a digital artwork and painting for our Temple & Webster head office. Our brief was to create something that embodied the meaning of ‘home’ and everything it represents for all Australians across the country, and we couldn’t be more proud of the results.

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"Journey Home" by Alysha Menzel for Temple & Webster
   

Artist Statement  

‘Journey Home’ celebrates the diverse ways that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, along with all other Australians, live. The artwork champions the breathtaking beauty, the deep ancestral roots, and the meaningful connection to the land that weaves through the diverse landscapes and settings of Country. 

The artwork symbolises the profound and enduring bond between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Country. It pays homage to the shared spiritual and cultural reverence for this significant connection. 

‘Journey Home’ encapsulates the themes of home, sanctuary, and safe places. It highlights the importance of space where First Nations communities feel supported, protected, and empowered. 

Lastly, the artwork represents Temple & Webster’s commitment to honouring and celebrating connection to Country while promoting understanding, respect and reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and all other Australians. 

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About the Artwork

The variation in colour, lines, and marks is symbolic of the diverse people and Country that make up Australia. The rounded abstract forms symbolise our homes and their diversity. Within these forms are representations of people and reflections of belonging, sanctuary, safety, and security. The background includes layered lines and dot work to signify the heritage and meaningful connections to Country. The variety of patterns and colours also symbolises the diversity of the Country.
 
“For myself, art has consistently represented self-discovery, the nurturing of connections, continuous learning, and wonder. The artwork ‘Journey Home’ was no different and I hope everyone can connect with the artwork in their own way.”
Alysha Menzel

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About Alysha Menzel

Alysha is a First Nations creative and a proud descendant of the Samsep people from Erub Island in the Torres Strait. Utilising storytelling as a powerful tool, her artistic practice is shaped through the lens of her cross-cultural identity, weaving considered ideas that encourage conversation and connection. With a diverse range of skills, a deep affinity for Country, and an unwavering commitment to a better world, Alysha brings a unique perspective to her creative endeavours. Her work reflects a rich and varied heritage that interweaves tradition with the contemporary as she explores the various facets of her identity and draws inspiration of the beauty of our natural world.

At the heart of her artistic expression is a sense of creative fusion and spirit of curious exploration. Her artistic path began with illustration from a young age, leading to a passion for photography and ultimately guiding her into the world of design. Grounded in a multi-skilled foundation, her creative process is rooted in technical expertise and a methodical approach, offering a dynamic interplay with the often vibrant and organic outcomes of her work.
   
For more about Alysha Menzel, check out our interview with her for NAIDOC Week 2023.
Selma Nada Rajah 05 February, 2024

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