Maree Clarke

Multi-disciplinary artist and curator

2023 VIC Australian of the Year Nominee

Maree Clarke has produced many public works in her 30-plus years as an artist, including the Possum Skin Cloaks worn at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006 and The Line Wide artwork for five stations in Melbourne’s new underground rail loop.

Based on her study of objects held in museums in Australia and around the world, Maree’s pieces pass on cultural knowledge and traditional art practices. They encourage conversation, provide space to mourn, and are a connection between people and cultures lost, forgotten or laying dormant.

Maree meticulously records the materials she collects for each work so future generations can study and appreciate them. She also teaches the practices she has learned to her family and ‘mob’ groups.

In addition to creating her own work, Maree – who is a Mutti Mutti, Yorta Yorta and Boon Wurrung/Wemba Wemba woman – has been instrumental in supporting fellow Aboriginal people and artists mentoring others who are interested in learning about culture and practices..