ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
The State forests of NSW were once home to Aboriginal people from many nations, countries
and tribes. As managers of the forests today, Forestry Corporation of NSW acknowledges
and respects all traditional peoples whose land we work on.
This artwork celebrates Baiyami’s creations of our beautiful country, highlighting our
nation’s abundant bushlands and forests. The people woven into the trees and landscape
within the work hold a significant and threefold meaning – they depict Aboriginal history
with the land and forest, demonstrating a shared dependency between man and country;
they highlight this lifelong connection to country across the generations past, present and
future; and through the figures’ widespread arms or tree branches, they welcome all to
country, to embrace and share in caring for our forest.
Earthy tones and blues used throughout this highly textured piece link to our nation’s
diverse and rich landscape – from the coastal waters, rivers and wetlands through to our
deserts, mountains, highlands and valleys.
Aboriginal people have managed forests for many centuries and today’s forest
managers have an important responsibility to work with communities to identify and protect
that cultural heritage for the centuries to come.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Artist Saretta Fielding is part of the Wanaruah Nation of the Upper Hunter Valley in NSW.
Growing up within a large and close knit extended family, Saretta’s work is influenced by
family connection, country and relationships. Art has long been a passion for Saretta who
endeavours to use her art to convey how she is influenced by people, life experiences and