Amala Groom / Artlands 2023
Amala Groom is a Wiradyuri conceptual artist who lives and works on Wiradyuri Country in Kelso, NSW. Her practice, as the performance of her cultural sovereignty, is informed and driven by First Nations epistemologies, ontologies and methodologies. Across her practice, Groom proactively seeks to dismantle the Colonial Project by asserting the argument that colonialism is not just disadvantageous for First Peoples but is, in fact, antithetical to the human experience. On a deeper note, Groom intends to make work that speaks to the union of all peoples and to the indivisibility of the human experience that traverses identity, culture, race, class, gender and religious worship.
Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Create-NSW, and Arts OutWest, Groom recently conducted a residency at the British Museum with The Season; the cultural exchange between UK/Australia (2022). Recent awards include the Create-NSW 21/22 Visual Arts Commissioning Grant for $100K (2022) and the Create-NSW First Nations Creative Fellowship w/ State Library of NSW (2022/23).
Image credit: Alex Wisser