AiR at Ignite Studios | 8 March - 4 April 2019
Shawn Wondunna-Foley, born Shawn Patrick Bulmer Foley is an Indigenous Australian writer, public speaker, positive thought leader, streetscape/visual artist, creative designer, lifestyle and spiritual coach and cultural advisor.
As a writer, artist and creative designer, Shawn’s focus for his residency at Ignite Studios @ NRCG will be the creative writing process for his new book ‘Be One Now – Inner ways to an awakened spirit and mindful living.’
"One’s life is about being present where one is now.
Living, working and playing on the traditional country (land, sea/ water and sky) of one’s ancestors, the Butchulla (Badtjala) people of the K’gari (Fraser Island) and the Fraser Coast, one’s artistic works have become an expression of being ... Being aligned with one’s spirit, together with being fully presence with other people and living on country.
Using local landscape images and words one explores one’s spirit or spiritual consciousness within oneself and one’s intrinsic connection to all things in nature and the universe."
Shawn currently lives, works and plays on the Fraser Coast in Queensland, Australia.
Wondunna-Foley had an inspiring and loving childhood growing up with his family on the foreshore and coastal bushland in Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia. He is proud of his mixed heritage and cultural lineage. His Aboriginal mother is descended from the Butchulla (Badtjala) people of Fraser Island (K’gari) and his father is a first-generation Irish-Australian. During his early years, Wondunna-Foley was nurtured with a positive affirmation, grounded awareness of Aboriginal culture and many connective experiences living on Country (land, sea/water and sky). Embracing these opportunities enabled him to synergise a spiritual perspective with a balanced view of living in harmony with all things and life itself.
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