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My name is Dillon Devine. I am an indigenous man from the Yorta tribe down near the Victorian border line along the Murray River.
When I was 6 years old, I was put into foster care due to the abuse and drugs surrounding me at a young age. I lost my family, I had no connection to no one that was blood and I had no way to learn my culture.
At the age of 11, I was living on the street stealing food to survive with no role model or guardian. I was a lonely kid. I got locked up at age 12 and sent to a kids jail where I learned about my culture and how to express my pain through art and how releasing painting is, I was sexually assaulted in a refuge that docs had taken me so I told no one but I expressed my emotions through my artwork.
Every dot and stroke was like I was screaming the pain away.
As I got older I learned new ways I can show stories of my past and new beginnings of my future. To be able to respectfully paint my culture for people to view in itself is mind-blowing.
Throughout my life, I have been thru it all I’ve been shot, stabbed sent to jail, joined gangs, and came close to dying a few times thru all that my potential shinned and I found a silver lining thru my art. Now I am slowly building my life.

Dillon Devine

Story Told:  Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.

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