Portrait of Tracey Briggs, 2018 by Rod McNicol

image of Portrait of Tracey Briggs 2018 by Rod McNicol

Artist's statement

Tracey, a dear friend of mine, is an Aboriginal woman with a background from both the Yorta Yorta people from the Shepparton area, and the Gunditjmara mob down Warnambool way. For years now, though, Tracey has been part of the local mob here in Fitzroy. I, too, am a longterm local of Fitzroy, having lived and worked in an old warehouse studio here on the infamous Smith Street for decades now. Smith Street is also where the local mob has always congregated; I have become very close to them over the years, forming a particularly close and enduring friendship with Tracey.