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Janet Bromley (Yorta Yorta), Country Breaks Through

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synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 2022


My usual art practise is to use recycled materials, I spend a lot of time in the bush and see the waste wrapping its way around our country.

I make things out of materials that have been used abandoned by us: clothing, plastic, wire al manner of left behind things we see as rubbish – junk. I collect ese pieces from the bush and make with them. During winter it's harder to fossick so I paint and draw.

The idea of this painting came to me overnight to tell the story of country and how she always pushes through. I see huge machinery abandoned in the bush and in around and through it plants and trees make their way. Animals, birds and insects live within hardware left behind and slowly but surely the hardware, the metal and organic materials start to break apart and return to the land. We see this happen everywhere, and I often wonder what it will be like in the future when there is less of us because we've destroyed our plant and what it will look like when the mother takes over and country returns to growing and supporting its own.

The strong dark lines represent us now, heavily focused on industry, the colours and representative of First Nations people who used the land in a gentler way of taking only what you need. And the leaves pushing through all this to take back Country in an attempt to renew itsself.


Artist Bio:

Janet Bromley is a Yorta Yorta artist, Master of Visual Art. I exhibited in the exhibition Bound, a group exhibition, MAMA Murray Art Museum Albury in 2022. I recently had an art residency at La Trobe Art Institute Bendigo in the Making Good - a Collation for Change Project, 2022. I joined the City of Greater Bendigo as the First Nations Arts Officer 2021 and established a First Nations Art Gallery in collaboration with the City. I manage and curate the gallery, with 4 planned exhibitions a year. I was a recipient of the Excellence in any Media, Koorie Heritage Trust 2018 and had an art residence in Kyneton during Open Studios in Daylesford and Macedon Rangers in 2019. I organise and exhibit in the Knuldoorong Art Exhibition in NAIDOC week and is represented in the Digital Regional Arts Park – Central Victoria. I am a member of NGKM Ngardang Girri Kalat Mimini Art Collective participating as an artist in Iuk, a collaboration with NGKM and Ernst & Young and Koskelai and was a participant and coordinator of Creative Resilience Creative Resilience: First Nations Women Monument. I recently spoke at Creative Spaces National Public Galleries. My usual art practice is to use traditional methods of gathering and weaving and make with recycled clothing, plastic waste, found objects and bush materials weaving and sculptures, storytelling in small works and large installations. I often run workshops to go with my work to encourage people to think about their environment.