WORIMI and Biripi woman Pauline Syron-Coxon, an Aboriginal artist born in Bulahdelah, has returned home with a special piece of artwork that will now live in the hometown of her family.
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Pauline is the eldest daughter of Barry and Clare Syron and the granddaughter of the late.
Nana Syron, who the Bulahdelah bridge is named after.
Nana Syron was born on the Barrington near Gloucester and is a traditional Aboriginal woman of the Worimi and Biripi Nations.
Pauline’s Pop Bob Syron was also an Aboriginal man from Forster which is part of the Worimi nation.
The Syron family moved to Bulahdelah in the 1950’s and all attended Bulahdelah Central school.
Pauline is from a large family that are located throughout the district.
Pauline’s inspiration for Art is from her Nana as a storyteller.
Pauline told News Of The Area, “I could never tell stories as well as my Nana did, so I did what I know I can do well, and I keep her stories alive with storytelling through my artworks.”
“Nana could always make good of any situation, and find humour in anything, even the tough times, she was a very special lady.”
“I began painting in 1999, the year Nana Syron passed away, I was inspired to use art as my story telling. I paint scenes that are uplifting and share Nana’s message of Love, hope and Joy,” she said.
Pauline has been living in the Snowy Mountains for the past six years, and has built a successful art Gallery and business.
Her next endeavour is to set up my Artist Studio at her home on the Karuah River for this summer.
Pauline said, “I will be actively travelling from one studio space to another for the near future with my goal to be permanently back home.”
One very special piece of art has found its way back home, and that is the incredible flannel flower piece pictured with Pauline, and it’s proud new owner, Denise Haynes from R and R Property.
Denise told News Of The Area, “I have been watching Pauline’s work for so long, just waiting for that right piece for our office that would fit in with the history of our building her in Bulahdelah.”
“When the Flannel Flower piece came up, I just knew that was the one.”
The Flannel Flower is a much loved Australian wild flower, that is an icon for the Myall Lakes region.
The Flannel Flower represents close relationships, intimacy and healing.
The Flannel flower is also the symbol used for Aboriginal mental health foundation as this represents
resilience, beauty and the ability to adapt.
News Of The Area will follow Pauline’s return to country.
You can see her work locally at her upcoming exhibition at the Singing Bridge Gallery in Tea Gardens on December 23 2018.
By Rachael VAUGHAN