ARC Biennial - Fort Lytton


The soundscape for Marutchi will be reminiscent of a war chant once sang by my ancestors prior to engaging in battle. A text based projection work will accompany the audio as a visual reference to the definitions of tribal lands, languages and their peripheries. This work also highlights what was taken away from Aboriginal people in order for the West to expand and secure economic interests.

Fort Lytton was used throughout the first and second world wars and even earlier to defend our city against possible enemy invasion and was a key quarantine centre through which many members of our multicultural community passed through on their entry to Australia.

Images from opening night:

Special thanks to Dominic Stephens for assisting with the production of the sound, Joshua & Dennis Walker for their cultural input.

New works - After the Flood Series

Artist Statement

Medium: Mixed media
(Military maps, Indian ink and synthetic polymer paint on canvas)

Toponymy, geomorphology and the latent consequences of rising sea levels throughout Queensland are the current areas of investigation for my latest body of work; this series focuses specifically on the river systems, flood plains and the built environment.

Military topographical maps (circa 1935-41) combined with basic cartographic symbology reveal a multilayered landscape, dual histories, dual identities and the cultural legacy of colonialism.

New watermarks redefine coastal areas according to geophysical maps illustrating the effects of a sea level rise of 5 metres; such cartography can be seen as central to future sustainability and highlights our fragile sense of place and identity in the land of fire & flood.

Toponomy and place names are an important aspect of culture and identity as they provide a location where history, events, landscapes and people are remembered, celebrated and continued.

These works seek to challenge the construct of time, place and fabric of our society that was formulated with the arrival of European settlers and convicts. Military maps echoing the myth of terra nullius depicting the land devoid from Aboriginal occupation now appropriated with significant names & places to local indigenous groups. The result manifests a visual dual history and a quest to decolonise our surrounding landscapes.
Artist CV

Born in Brisbane


2006 Bachelor of Visual Arts (Visual Communication)

Deakin University, Institute of Koori Education

Solo Exhibitions

2005 Enigmatic Visions, Robina Art Gallery, Gold Coast

Group Exhibitions

2009 Arc Biennial, Fort Lytton, Brisbane

2009 Tinyworlds, Artisan, Brisbane

2009 23 Degrees, Wooloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane

Pine Street Gallery,Chippendale, Sydney

2009 Gallery South, Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford

2008 Coolamon carrying the culture, Brisbane City Library

2008 Dhagun ya Borrogura Land and Sea, Gold Coast

2007 Tales from the Cold Ghost, black+neon, Gold Coast

50 Brooches, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

50 Brooches, Craft Queensland, Brisbane

JaMaPaCaHeMe, Koori Heritage Trust, Melbourne

Cultural Connection through Ceramics, Gallery Twentyfive, India

2001 World Environment Day, Eco Gallery, Gold Coast

ReUnification, Sylvester’s Bar & Lounge, Gold Coast


2009 Finalist, Sunshine Coast Art Award

2009 Finalist, Clayton Utz Travelling Scholarship

2008 Highly Commended, Gold Coast Indigenous Art & Design Award

2006 Youth Category, Gold Coast Indigenous Art & Design Award


2009 Private Collectors

2005 Eco Village Currumbin

SLaM Network, Spirituality, Leadership and Management

2002 Gold Coast Young Peoples Forum

Gold Coast & Hinterland Environment Council Murals

Professional Activities:

2009 Creative Director of BARI Festival (Brisbane Artist Run Initiatives), Brisbane

2008/09 Sessional Lecturing, Indigenous Critique. Griffith University QCA,Indigenous Unit, Brisbane

2008/09 University Tutor, Indigenous Art Practices & Protocols. Griffith University, Brisbane

2007/08/09 Co-Project Director of tinygold ARI and co-curator for "Tales from the Cold Ghost I,II & III". Gold Coast

2007 Co-Founder of Gold Coast based artist-run-initiative 'tinygold'


2009 Kelvin Grove State College, Stradbroke Island

2008 Queensland Art Teachers Association, Griffith University, QCA

Kelvin Grove State College, Stradbroke Island

Gold Coast Young Peoples Forum, National Youth Week

2001 Gold Coast & Hinterland Environment, World Environment Day

2000 Zillmere Multicultural Festival

2000 Gold Coast & Hinterland Environment, World Environment Day


2008 ABC Radio Gold Coast, Arts & Entertainment, August 25
2008 Gold Coast Bulletin, August 23
2008 Gold Coast Sun, August 20
2007 UV Magazine Issue#5, September edition
2007 Gold Coast Bulletin, August 25
2007 Gold Coast Sun, August 22
2007 Tuesday Magazine, August 21
2006 Gatherings II, Keeaira Press
2006 Havoc Womyn’s Magazine, Secret Envelope Productions
2006 Today, New Delhi News, March 23
2005 Gold Coast Bulletin, February 22
2001 McPherson News, January 25
1998 Taraba, DECCD Tasmania
Artist interested in mapping, identity, dualisms, environment, Aboriginal & Australian history, bantam chickens and gardening sometimes.