8 - 16 October, 2022

Behind the artwork

Informing the visual identity for Queensland Mental Health Week in 2022 is the artwork ‘Stronger connection creates strong health’ by Leah Cummins.

The painting is Leah’s interpretation of the theme ‘Awareness, Belonging, Connection’ and tells a story of connecting to a healthier life, “back to the ways of our ancestors”, and the important role country and community play in people’s social and emotional wellbeing.

The digital version of the artwork ‘Stronger connection creates strong health’ by Leah Cummins.

“This piece is inspired by our need to connect – a stronger connection creates a better life,” Leah said.

Amongst the plethora of beautiful colours and patterns used in the artwork and overall visual identity are several with multi-layered meanings.

Purple (for positivity, empowerment, belonging, bravery, and encouragement of creativity) and green (for balance, harmony, personal development, self-acceptance, compassion for self and others, renewal, love of nature, and a love of family, friends, pets, and home) feature predominately as the official colours for Queensland Mental health Week.

The footprints represent different people’s journeys with their mental health and the rivers that flow in this painting have people sitting around the waterholes in green.

“These people seek nourishment from the water and land to connect with their ancestors and find their inner peace connected to country,” Leah explained.

“The meeting places in yellow with green people sitting, are those that meet in our community to find support in one another. We all need someone to help guide us. Even when we feel we are along these meeting places give hope.”

“The elements of native foods remind us that a healthy heart gives us healthier minds and spirits. This is also a celebration of returning to what our ancestors once knew. Your awareness of self comes when you connect with country, belonging to a community gives you strength and support, and finding connection with yourself, ancestors, and the land leads to a healthier spirit.”

The artwork was commissioned by CheckUP as the coordinator of Queensland Mental Health Week. To enable a diverse array of uplifting promotional assets to be created, Leah provided the piece in both painted and digital formats.

Leah’s message to the Queensland community through this artwork is one shared with love and harmony.

“May we all be better human beings with a healthy heart, mind, and spirit and find our purpose in life,” she said.

Leah Cummins pictured with her painting 'Stronger connection creates strong health'.

Leah Cummins pictured with her painting ‘Stronger connection creates strong health’.

 

About Leah Cummins

Leah Cummins is a proud Mayi woman from North West Queensland.

Sharing her love of Indigenous art to the world as the owner of Bunya Designs, Leah finds inspiration in her cultural identity, relishing the opportunity to bring stories of her country and people to life in her art. She creates digital and hand-painted Indigenous art for personal and commercial clients.

“I pay respect to the ancestors who give me these stories in my creativity, to share my culture that transcends words and draws people into wanting to learn about First Nations people,” she said.

“I paint both traditional and contemporary art using storytelling in every art piece to educate and teach about my people’s culture.

“I hope to inspire and uplift my people by contributing to the sharing of culture and stories through my art. I want to share my love of my people with you.”

See more about Leah and her artwork on the Bunya Designs website, Facebook page, and Instagram page.

 

Leah Cummins pictured with her painting ‘Stronger connection creates strong health’ at the CheckUP office in South Brisbane.

 

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