THE UNRAVELLING

Based in Wagga Wagga, Amanda Hinkelmann is the artists behind the piece 'The Unravelling'.



With a thirst for knowledge, fuelled by an urge to explore her cultural background, 36-year-old Amanda Hinkelmann has the ability to create deeply symbolic, Aboriginal artworks. Comprised of soothing, earthy colours and layers of texture; the works are a depiction of Amanda’s life on canvas. Her lived experiences as a Wiradjuri woman and connections to her land and people are incorporated into her paintings. Personalised and incredibly intimate - each piece tells a different story.


Largely self-taught, Amanda has developed her artistic practice across the span of her life through experimentation with different styles and mediums. As a child and during adolescence she dabbled in drawing and textiles, however it wasn’t until adulthood that Aboriginal art became a regular outlet for the mother of four. As Amanda’s understanding of her Indigenous culture has grown over time, so too has her desire to craft works that embody her journey.


“I have several ideas and themes I have gathered and keep within my art journal, learning more each day,” Amanda said.

“Knowledge of the seasons, bush tuckers, bush medicines and authentic connections to Mother Earth”

Rich in history, femininity, and movement; the artist’s acrylic works offer a balance of traditional Aboriginal culture and ways of life and modern, shared experiences of her kin. This dynamic isn’t easy to achieve. Aware of the cultural significance of her practice, Amanda dedicates much of her time to the cultivation of multi-layered meaning and symbolism within her paintings.


Many of Amanda’s pieces have featured imagery of Wiradjuri Country – whether through aerial depiction of an entire landscape or a singular component within, or as a literal map of the land. Her other artworks – such as her recent ‘Dhugay’ - place emphasis on storytelling through the careful combination and placement of natural elements and customary symbols.


Amanda is currently based in her hometown of Wagga Wagga on Wiradjuri Country. Along with her family, she is committed to teaching her children of their culture while continuing to produce artwork under her alias, Because of My Four.



5 QUESTIONS WITH AMANDA


WHO ARE YOUR THREE FAVOURITE ARTISTS?

Janine Riches is my all time favourite- her colour palette and the way she manipulates texture is just divine. My second favourite would have to be Spencer Shakespeare. I love the transparencies within his works and the way way is still dominant within his pieces. MY third favourite is Marcus Boelen.


WHAT CAN'T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?

Three things- of course my children, a good vanilla latte and my paint supplies.


IN THREE WORDS, DESCRIBE YOUR ART STYLE.

Connection, Country, experience My art has developed over time, fusing traditional Aboriginal techniques and symbolism with a contemporary, feminine palette. I base all of my works around ‘Connection, Country and Experience’. Using lived experiences, ideologies, stories and reflections to paint.


TELL US WHICH INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS WE MUST FOLLOW?

I love the Jumbled Online gang - always full of zest and fun. Anna Price Art is also for me so relatable as an artist and a mum of four. I follow lots of local accounts- small businesses doing humble and wonderful things. I love beautiful photography and am inspired by accounts that have love in them.

 LASTLY, WHAT'S YOUR MANTRA?

I don’t so much have a mantra. I try to live genuinely and true to who I am. The older I get, the more I learn about myself and I live as much as I can doing what makes me happy and fulfilled. If something is not fulfilling me, then I change it.


{words: Amelia Phelpsphotography: Rachel Cooper Photography}