I am an artist living and working on Dharawal Land in South Western Sydney. Often inspired by women’s work in museum collections, my art practice is a response to the history of women’s cultural production. I employ art and craft making techniques traditionally used by women, such as ceramics and yarning/weaving techniques, to explore the history of women’s experience, and apply this to a contemporary female context.
I am also an arts educator with experience working across schools, studios, and arts institutions. After studying a Bachelor of Arts/Creative Arts at Wollongong University I gained industry experience in galleries through working at Wollongong City Gallery and volunteering at the Powerhouse Museum and Campbelltown Arts Centre. After studying a Bachelor of Teaching at Western Sydney University, I worked as a Secondary Visual Arts teacher for the better part of a decade. For a number of years I ran my own creative business facilitating art and ceramics workshops for my community in partnership with Camden and Fairfield Councils, and most recently have been working as a workshop facilitator at the National Art School, and at Campbelltown Arts Centre as an Education Assistant. Throughout this time I have exhibited in exhibitions, art awards and prizes, and established the not-for-profit community association, the Macarthur Ceramics Group.
I am currently in the final year of a Master of Fine Arts degree majoring in ceramics at the National Art School in Sydney.
I also create and sell a range of functional ceramic ware which I sell each month at Cobbitty Markets, and through my website www.tinaw.com.au.