About the Artwork

We would like to thank and acknowledge indigenous artist Jordana Angus for permission to use her SDG Australian map image which was commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Jordana is an established contemporary Wiradjuri artist and emerging jeweller. Her traditional land is Narrandera New South Wales but she was born and raised in Redcliffe, Queensland. This location has given Jordana an innate connection to where the land meets the sea. Jordana has drawn inspiration through reclaiming childhood cultural memories and connection to Country to design 17 individual, yet interconnected, art strips symbolising each of the 17 interconnected Sustainable Development Goals. By imposing cultural stories and traditions in contemporary practice, using bright colours, abstract black in landscape drawings and experimentation with mixed mediums, Jordana raises awareness of personal stories and the search for the beauty that can be found in the everyday.

Artwork Rationale

Goal 1

No Poverty: The black circles in the middle of the work symbolise access to finances with pathways leading to all people and all communities which would eliminate poverty.

Goal 2

No Hunger: The oval shaped symbols represent coolamons filled with food and the line work connecting them symbolises the tracks made to make this food available for all. The black dot designs symbolise communities and their access to food to prevent hunger.

Goal 3

Good Health and Wellbeing: The circular designs on the left and right sides of this work represent good health and wellbeing within all communities; while the line work connecting it to the oval designs and the black dots surrounding the circle designs in the centre symbolise the paths available to good health promotion and treatment options available for everyone.

Goal 4

Quality Education: The larger ‘U’ shaped symbols represent elders sharing and passing down their knowledge to the next generation (symbolised by the smaller ‘U’ shaped symbols). The line work connecting them shows the transference of knowledge to all who wish to gain a quality education.

Goal 5

Gender Equality: The ‘U’ shapes with spears beside them symbolise males while the ‘U’ shapes with the coolamons beside them represent females. The line work shows the journey of them being segregated (with males generally being favoured and have been placed at the top corners of the work to symbolise this) but traveling to meeting points in the centre where everyone be equals.

Goal 6

Clean Water and Sanitation: The quarter/semi circles symbols in the left and right corners of the work symbolise water holes and the line work connecting them symbolises the cleaning and filtration system rivers and streams provide to represent the importance of having clean water and sanitation systems in place.

Goal 7

Affordable and Clean Energy: The circle design in this work symbolises the sun and the line work attached to it is the sun rays coming from the sun to provide affordable and clean energy to all. The black circles within the sun symbolises the community access to this. The black circles lines and squares within the sun rays represent the variety of options to make it available for everyone.

Goal 8

Decent Work and Economic Growth: The line traveling upwards diagonally through the centre of the work symbolises a pathway to success and the line work below it is a mountain symbol representing growth within communities. The black rectangle designs are interpretations of shelters which symbolise the protection of access to decent work opportunities.

Goal 9

Industry Innovation and Infrastructure: The black circles attached to the black line running through the centre of the work symbolise new ideas or industry innovations while the line and dot work below represents the infrastructure that builds up communities. The white circles surrounding the circle design in the top half of the work symbolises the community and their access to infrastructure and involvement in progress.

Goal 10

Reduced Inequalities: The top half of this work has different sized, coloured and shaped circle designs symbolising people of all race, age, gender, abilities, sexual orientation, and socio-economic background promoting reduced inequalities for all. The bottom half of the work represents past inequalities by using the same symbol repetitively connected by a black line symbolising a pathway that had to be followed. The line separating the two sets of symbols represents the pathway to reduced inequalities.

Goal 11

Sustainable Cities and Communities: The large black dots in this work symbolise cities while the white dots in this work symbolise people/communities who live and work in the cities. The semi-circle designs symbolise the necessities such as food, water and shelter to create sustainable communities. The line work connecting the communities and cities to the semi-circle symbols represent the pathways available to take to achieve this.

Goal 12

Responsible Consumption and Production: The black and white circles connected by a white path symbolises individual people and the journey or cycle of responsible consumption and production. The circle designs inside and outside this track represents whole communities and the tracks are connecting them to resources available.

Goal 13

Climate Action: The straight-line work in the bottom of the work symbolises the land and mountains while the curved lines represent the rivers and streams. The semi-circle symbolises the sun and below it are symbols for wind and rain. The pathways within the sun symbolises the journey of climate action to protect our community.

Goal 14

Life Below Water: The line work in the bottom of the work symbolises the sand under the ocean and above it are symbols for sea life in the water. The top half of the work represents the shore line where life below the water meets the land with the semi circles symbolising the sun rays shining down.

Goal 15

Life on Land: The bottom half of the work are symbols for sand and mountains representing the land we live on. The line with black dots represents the pathways we travel and the black path with white dots symbolises opportunities that are available to access on land by the community (the circle symbols in the top half of the work).

Goal 16

Peace and Justice. Strong Institutions: The circles in the bottom half of this work symbolise individuals and the black paths connecting them represent peace for all. The rectangle designs in the top of the work are shelters/buildings which symbolise strong institutions and that justice for all is available through the pathways.

Goal 17

Partnership for the Goals: The two circle designs overlapping each other on the left and right of the work represent different communities joining together to create a strong partnership for goals beneficial to all. The circle in the centre shows this successful partnership working towards the goals, while the line work connecting them show this pathway or journey. The line work at the top of the work are representation of individual goals being achieved.


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