Marlene Gilson - Ballarat
Aunty Marlene Gilson is a Wathaurung (Wadawarrung) Elder living on country in Gordon, near Ballarat. A visual artist who discovered painting later in life, Aunty Marlene’s paintings explore Aboriginal myth and stories of the goldfields. Her work is marked by a naive style which references her Indigenous and European ancestry. She is a descendent of King Billy, an Indigenous tribal leader of the Ballarat region at the time of the Eureka Stockade, and his wife Queen Mary.
In 2014, Aunty Marlene received the Koorie Heritage Trust Reconciliation Award. Her work has been shown at Bunjilaka, Melbourne Museum, ACCA, MADE and The Koorie Heritage Trust.