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Exploration of identity to feature on wall

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August 12, 2017

Concept art: Artist Steaphan Paton completes some stenciling on the wall before painting his work Subscribe to ur tribe.

Steaphan Paton explores the complexity of Aboriginal identity with his painting of text Subscribe to ur tribe now on display in the foyer of Eastbank Centre.

The artwork is Drawing Wall #28 in the Shepparton Art Museum series which gives artists creative freedom in what they design on the large space.

The Melbourne-based artist is a member of the Gunai and Monero Nations near Gippsland and grew up in rural Victoria.

He said planning the concept and the artwork takes weeks, even months, and expects to complete the drawing wall painting in a matter of days.

Mr Paton said traditionally he does sculptural installations and this was something a bit different for him.

But, to do something on such a large scale was a fun experience.

‘‘I hope it gives new language to the complex ideas such as pan Aboriginality which is a bit strange,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m hoping it gets people talking.’’

Mr Paton said he appreciated SAM giving him free rein because in general there are so many rules or boxes to tick when doing work for organisations such as councils.

The drawing wall will be on display until October 18.

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