Maya Hodge’s Constant Ecology project is rooted in exploring representation of Blak joy, and what this means individually and to the wider Koorie community. The beginnings of this project have been spent experimenting with oil painting, collage and poetry. The healing journey of many Aboriginal people is deeply rooted within their creative outlets, and sometimes Aboriginal people’s artistic merit is placed only in their trauma by white institutions. This project aims to replace what the white gaze expects with Blak love and humour; resistance and healing combined through my own ancestral strength. This project will experiment in using textual oil painting, text-based work and elements of collage without the added pressure. It is a slow-moving project focusing on environmentally safe practices for Country, the Blak female body, healing and Aboriginal agency to dismantle colonial narratives and replace it with Koorie woman autonomy.

Maya Hodge is a Lardil woman raised in Mildura, Victoria. Based on the lands of the Kulin Nation, Maya is a multidisciplinary artist whose work focuses on healing from the past and present. Maya's work explores this through performance using her violin, collage works, oil painting and poetry. These expressions aim to disrupt colonial narratives and replace them with Aboriginal women's creativity. Maya is graduating with a Bachelor of Art History and Curating at Monash University. Maya has featured in the dis rupt exhibition at Hamer Hall in 2019 as part of the YIRRAMBOI program, and is a published poet in Overland Literary Magazine and Cordite Poetry Review. She is a member of this mob and the new member of Ensemble Dutala, an all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander classical ensemble. Maya is currently the Assistant Curator at the Koorie Heritage Trust, in Exhibitions and Collections.