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Eve Brown, 2005 IKE graduate shares her experiences:
'My name is Eve Brown and I am from Lightning Ridge in New South Wales. I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications at the Institute of Koorie Education in 2005.
I believe it is important to have scholarships to help with studies. I started my studies at another university but I had to leave because of financial difficulties. Living in a remote area, they don't have the facilities to learn, so when I have to go away to learn it's a lot of money. Coming down here it's a lot easier because of scholarships and financial support. Being able to get financial support through a scholarship at Deakin University has really made a difference.
In my work I deal with isolation, alienation and identity. I am torn between my own life issues and how they differ from those of my ancestors. I document history, my history. This narrative gives my work a healing value, not only to me, but also to my family, my race and the broader community.
The two places present in my work are Karuah, my mother's country and Lightning Ridge, the place where I was reared and where I still live. The spiritual dimensions of these lands give me a strong sense of place.'