Vicki Couzens is an established and prominent artist from the Western Districts of Victoria. She is a descendant of the Gunditjmara and Kirrae Whurrong clans and plays an active role in promoting the culture of her people. She has served on the boards of the Koorie Heritage Trust Inc and the Victorian Corporation for Aboriginal Languages.
A number of Vicki's paintings have been acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria. Aditionally, she has played a prominent role in major public art projects including birrarung wilam on the bank of the Yarra River in Melbourne with other Indigenous artists Treahna Hamm and Lee Darroch. She had a central role, as Artistic Director, of the statewide Possum Skin Cloak project which was presented during the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006.
Section of Birrarung wilam public art commission designed to commemorate Indigenous Victoria by Vicki Couzens, Treahna Hamm and Lee Darroch. Yarra River, Melbourne.
Source: Vicki Couzens
"My work is an expression of my spirituality. Some works have specific messages related to community issues, while other works are personal expressions of my inner world, my relationships to all within the different dimensions. My culture keeps me strong, it guides and teaches me. It is a well of knowledge and wisdom to keep our people and all people strong." Vicki Couzens
For more information on the Possum Skin Cloak project, please visit the Regional Arts Victoria website.