Inspiration: Local Flavour
I was born in the Riverina and have now lived in the Murray region for the past 15 years. Family brought me here, a strong connection with my sisters. It is for my kids now, that I have started practising art again. It's a great way to tell stories, pass on culture and knowledge and show them that they can achieve anything they want to.
I was thrilled to have one of my designs selected for the new carpet in MAMA – The new Murray Art Museum Albury. The design reflects part of the country inside, reminding us not to forget about connecting to the land. I've also created works that reflect the Bogong Moth migration around this area and participated in the On Wiradjuri Country Residency with Lorraine Connelly-Northey in 2014, that produced the current display in MAMA. The residency engaged six Aboriginal artists living on Wiradjuri and mentored by Lorraine Connelly-Northey. "Appropriating specific skills and gaining insight into professional practice, the artists confidently collaborated together on a work for the inaugural exhibition of MAMA."
The Art Life
I'm currently working with steel in response to the 2014 residency, making animals. I'm brushing up on my weaving skills and hope to combine the two mediums together at some point in the future. I will also be conducting a series of Wiradjuri language workshops with MAMA, for the opening exhibition Wiradjuri Ngurambanggu. (Currently on show until Sunday 29 November 2015.) http://www.mamalbury.com.au/see-and-do/exhibitions/wiradjuri-ngurambanggu
Nature plays a grounding role and influences all of my work, as does Aboriginal myths, legends, culture, language and storytelling. Aboriginal history and culture are significant themes expressed in my work.
My plans for the future are to enter the NSW Arts Parliament prize and to keep creating art. I feel proud to have had three major pieces of work purchased over the past 12 months.
What would be your dream project?
In terms of a dream project to work on...maybe something specific for my hometown of Wagga wagga or Uranquinty.