Let’s Talk…The Arts with Lowell Hunter
In this week’s episode of Let’s Talk…The Arts, Rachael talks to visual artist and facilitator Lowell Hunter about land, lore, and the power of visual storytelling.
Lowell, aka “Saltyone” is a proud Nyul Nyul Saltwater man from the Kimberleys in Western Australia, who grew up on Gunditjmara Country in Warrnambool, and now lives on Wathaurong Country, Geelong. As an artist, Lowell creates sand art and uses drone photography to capture the scale of his works within breathtaking landscapes. Using his own body as a tool, Lowey carves stories into the sand using the same foot movements he was taught through traditional dance movements his people have practiced for countless generations.
In this hard-hitting conversation, Rachael and Lowell talk about the rough roads that led to his present practice and success, and the power of visual storytelling as a way of reconnecting to Country, culture, and sea and how they reflect on the importance of art as a tool for healing and justice: from recovering from mental health and substance abuse, to challenging racism, and creating spaces of connection and support for criminalised and incarcerated people.