Recognising Culture

mySouthPerth Magazine | BIRAK 4 December 2023

Artist Fiona Reidy recently partnered with the City to create a series of artworks that depict the six Noongar seasons — Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba, and Kambarang.

Fiona’s vibrant and intricate paintings now form part of the City’s public art collection.

Those with a keen eye will notice elements from her works incorporated into the City’s digital and print communications, including mySouthPerth magazine.

Fiona, who goes by her artist name of Djinda Kaal, is a Noongar woman from the Ballardong and Whadjuk clans. Her vivid paintings are rich with detail and meaning, revealing within their layers the enduring storytelling culture of First Nations people.

“As a Noongar artist, [painting] allows me to tell the story of my people and their deep connection to the land, guided by the six seasons,” Fiona says. “Through my art, I aim to preserve and share the rich culture of my people, allowing others to connect with and appreciate our traditions. Beyond that, painting has been a personal journey of self-discovery and healing. During challenging times in my life, art became a therapeutic outlet that helped me navigate through difficulties and find a sense of grounding. The process of creating art is a meditative experience for me. It allows me to express my emotions, reflect on my experiences, and find clarity.”

Painting makes Fiona feel alive and brings her a profound sense of fulfilment. “The act of creating something from scratch and witnessing it come to life is incredibly rewarding,” she says. “It’s a way for me to express myself authentically, connect with my people, others, and leave a lasting impact through art, bringing the past into the present for the future generations.”

Located on Whadjuk Noongar Country, the City acknowledges the Whadjuk Noongar people as the traditional custodians of this land and its waters. We extend our thanks to Fiona for helping us represent the visual identity of the City of South Perth.