Imogen Clarence - Artist
Maruma-Li means “To Heal.” This represents the healing of myself through art and allowing myself to pause, connect to my culture and enjoy myself.
My name is Imogen Clarence, I am a proud Kamilaroi Woman who grew up on Bigambul Country, Goondiwindi. I now live and work on Kombumerri Land. Growing up I had limited connection with my culture, however since relocating to the Gold Coast, I have had the privilege to spend time with local Elders in the First Nations Centre at Bond University and discover how amazing and special my culture is.
As President of the Society for Indigenous and Islander Cultures; working two jobs and studying full time at Bond University, I was feeling overwhelmed and I wanted to escape everything. At the end of 2021 the office of engagement at Bond University ran an art competition to design an indigenous print for their new merchandise and I was fortunate enough to have my work recognised, winning the competition. This was the beginning of my journey discovering a passion for indigenous art, my culture and establishing Maruma-Li Art.
Art provides a great outlet for stress, drawing inspiration from my culture to tell stories. Immersing myself into painting has been instrumental in healing and changing my life. I love how art makes me feel, and I am incredibly grateful for all of the opportunities this journey is presenting, from designing merchandise and marketing products; to working with students painting murals at schools, raising money for Indigenous mental health and exhibiting my art at the Gold Coast Private Hospital.
I am excited for where this journey continues and the people and experiences I encounter along the way.
“Nothing is predestined. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.” – Ralph Blum