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Henrietta immortalised in Cairns mural artwork

Henrietta immortalised in Cairns mural artwork

Published:09 May 2018

CQUniversity Associate Professor Henrietta Marrie is joined by friends and family in front of the large portrait mural in Cairns.

CQUniversity’s Associate Professor of Indigenous Engagement, Henrietta Marrie has been immortalised in a huge mural in Cairns as part of Sea Wall Australia’s Artists for Oceans festival.

Aussie artist Claire Foxton completed the mural last week on a huge wall at the corner of Lake and Hartley Streets, Cairns.

Associate Professor Marrie said she was still getting used to seeing herself in a huge public portrait.

“It took me back a bit when I was first approached but then I thought ‘why not’. It puts me as a Yidinji woman in my own country which is nice and when we had the smoking ceremony underneath it the other day a lot of people kept coming in awe and amazed at it all so the feedback has been good,” Associate Professor Marrie said.

Yvette Walker, creative producer of the upcoming JUTE Theatre Company production Bukal – a story about Associate Professor Marrie – says the artist has done a "wonderful job of capturing the likeliness of Aunty Henrietta".

“Even though it’s such a large mural, it captures her spirit beautifully,” Ms Walker said.

“I was incredibly proud, emotional and inspired to see the mural unveiled - Claire’s definitely done justice to Aunty Henrietta.”

The mural is located in a high foot-traffic area of Cairns that Associate Professor Marrie says holds a special place to her.

“It’s funny how the spirit moves because the mural overlooks a sacred women site called Burra Wangul of the Yidinji Nation.”

The painting was officially unveiled with a traditional smoking ceremony on Friday (4 May).