I now see what I am. Like papier-mach'e, which is made from stories torn into strips from all the sections in the newspaper. Plastered together with a glue of flour and water. I too am the stories and images of my ancestors. From all over the world, I am births and deaths. I am the creatures that bite, sting, poison and eat you. I am travel and returning. I am the land. I am sport and the weather in all its flavours. I am the comics and have beliefs to fill out my character. Plastered together by food and drink.
I am a cross hatch of humanity over the framework of Australia. Bonded together with routines of consumption. I am stories and my Australia is a coat of many colours, a collage of cultures.
I am your papier-mash'e mate
Artist, Activist, & Author may be how Nerak Coven is currently branding herself. But a mother to many, educator and 24/7 carer is at the foundation of who she really is. Raised in the Top End of Australia with its rural isolation and the tropical seasonal extremes. Her stories and pictures are shaped by her own lived experience, and desire to share the diversity of the Northern Territory. Wanting to inspire classroom discussions, from which all the children who connect with her story will feel compelled to participate and share their own experiences. Because only with communication can connections and community grow.