By Mali Isabel
This is Mali Isabel. She is a twenty one year old Arabana and Kokatha woman from Port Augusta and is now based in Adelaide. Mali’s main focus is visual arts including painting and drawing but she also participates in photography, sculpture and ceramics, videography and much more.
Mali loves that art is a way for people to be creative and express themselves in a safe non-judgemental space of complete freedom. All of Mali’s art is based on the hidden meaning of equality, which is the reasoning behind the emphasised use of her rainbow colours. Mali focuses her art on topics such as racism, discrimination, mental health, diversity and feminism, along with many other important topics.
Mali uses her platform to promote positivity, happiness and kindness. Mali uses her art as a way to depict her reality to others and express her perspectives and opinions on topics that she has had experience dealing with throughout her life. Throughout Mali’s art, she always encourages people to keep an open mind. Mali’s goal is to change the world and make it a stronger and more equal society for all. Treat people with kindness.
Mali says, “Being creative is an outlet for me to process certain emotions and feelings to provide myself with a clear and fresh mindset. I find this is a great strategy to stay mentally healthy, happy and positive while living my life. Creating art makes me happy because it brings happiness to the people around me.”