Lorraine Connelly-Northey | the artist
The artist Lorraine Connelly-Northey
Born 1962, Swan Hill, Australia.
Lives and works in Culcairn, Australia.
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Lorraine Connelly-Northey video interview
In this film, Lorraine Connelly-Northey describes the important influence of her mixed Aboriginal and Irish background on her practice. She demonstrates how she collects and manipulates materials discarded on the farmland where she lives, such as corrugated iron, barbed wire and sheets of metal meshing…
Connelly-Northeys work pays tribute to her material culture by recreating the time-honoured shapes of Aboriginal objects such as narrbongs (string bags), possum-skin cloaks, fish traps and coolamons. The scale of the current work encapsulates the broadest range of her artistic practise and the ideas and references to utilitarian objects and their use by Indigenous people both traditionally and in a contemporary sense. The two snakes in the work represent tributaries of the Murray River that connect at one point, and tell a story of life on the land and river…
I want to be more than just a traditional weaver. I want to be a distinguished weaver with an instantly recognisable style and voice. I see myself weaving everything now, from digging sticks to cloaks. I will come up with my own weaving style, from the stitches I use and create. Hunter-Gatherer has been a move away from just string bag making to a showcasing of my knowledge of traditional Aboriginal society. I set out to unload fifteen years of self-acquired knowledge in an installation of objects that would enable people to immediately share my knowledge…