SCULPTOR Will Stackhouse aims to tell the story of Aboriginal history in Tasmania through his Culture Matters exhibition.
Made with fencing wire and bronze, the story he tells is both personal and moving.
"I'm a Tasmanian Aboriginal person and I'm well-versed in things that happened in the early settlement of Tasmania and things that impacted on the lifestyle of Aboriginal people in Tasmania," Stackhouse said.
"There are a number of those sculptures that tell a story of the stolen generation.
"There's a piece there called Torn: The Power of a Mother's Love ... that has a direct impact on my family, there are members of my family who were taken away in those periods."
Stackhouse said his favourite piece in the exhibition was Mission Statement - a symbol of a cross with shackles and chains hanging from it.
He said it represented the plight of Aboriginal people who were rounded up and shackled together before being taken to Christian missions.
"The most difficult part of my work is to get a theme and then turn it into a three-dimensional object that tells a story," he said.
"I like to have my works tell a story factually about the impact of white settlement. It impacts on me and it impacts on the wider community as well as the Aboriginal community."
■The exhibition runs at Sawtooth ARI, 160 Cimitiere Street, until Friday, October 23.