Social Distancing and more art by Debra Beale

Social Distancing
101 x 151 cm (h x w)
AUD $ 4 500
acrylic on canvas
for sale

My artwork tells a story of how the invasion of Australia introduced the disease ‘Smallpox.’ The disease spread across the country with alarming death rates with First Nation and European people. The disease affected First Nation people’s entire communities and generations. In many cases First Nations survivors were left without community elders and family.

After the spread of smallpox, influenza, measles, tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases followed causing more deaths which First Nations people had no resistance to.

According to National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), “The ongoing crisis in Indigenous health is due to generations of neglect, lack of cohesive public policy and failure to provide sufficient resources and ensure that they reach people on the ground.”

The hidden causes of First Nation health stems from social and economic exclusion, unemployment, low income, poor housing and sanitation, poor education, and lack of adequate nutrition. First Nation people had no control over these matters and the public policy decisions which affected their lives and their health.

Today our communities are struggling with another introduced disease called Coronavirus (COVID-19) which is evolving into a global health concern. NACCHO has developed some COVID-19 specific graphics to help promote healthy messaging to help stop the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease into our communities.

My artwork depicts a story of First Nation families and communities being isolated away from each other. The painting gives a sense of confusion, and not knowing what is going to happen to us. This will have a great impact on our health and wellbeing if we are not supported. I can’t help it but, the fear of what has happened historically doesn’t put your mind at rest.

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other works by Debra Beale

Trauma Trails
83 x 95 cm (h x w)
mixed media (framed)

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