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2021 Art Tram #5 Info

2021 Art Tram #5 Info

Album 2021 Art Trams (2021-2022)

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Artist: Aunty Rochelle Patten (Dhudhuroa/Wemba Wemba/Yorta Yorta Peoples) in collaboration with her grandson Dixon Patten
Artwork: March Of The Ants
Tram Route: 58 and 59 (Essendon Depot)
Tram Number: B2.2054

Artist Statement:

“This artwork is titled march of the ants. It pays respects to environment and caring for country and community. Our old people learnt a lot by observing the environment, it taught us things, it still tells us things if we are open to listening. The ants represent travelling, working together and participating in our communities. Every ant has a role to play to ensure survival and continuity. All roles are important in the community’s success. The feet represent us observing and learning from them and applying those principles to our society. As individuals; the ants are minute and weak. But together, they are strong. This is how I view our society when we work together. It’s all of our duty to care for country and each other”.


Aunty Rochelle Patten is a highly respected elder and cultural leader and artist. Aunty Rochelle has a Masters of Applied Science at Deakin University when which she achieved at fifty years of age and was focused on the health of the Dungahla (Murray) River and Murray Darling Basin areas of where she has lived and continues to care for. She has worked for the Native Title Legal Service and the Cummeragunja Aboriginal Medical Service as the chairperson for sixteen years. Aunty Rochelle also sits on the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council as a director for her region. Aunty Rochelle has been creating art for many years and recently had a joint exhibition at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre titled Two Strong Sisters. Aunty Rochelle has been on the Yulendj knowledge group for Museums Victoria since 2012 and was an integral contributor to the First Peoples exhibition at Melbourne Museum. She is a respected member of her community and currently lives in the Barmah Forest connecting and caring to her country and animal friends.