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Catherine van Wilgenburg

Catherine’s Visual Art practice records her European migrant journey of letting go of Eurocentric aesthetic values and opening to emerging Australian aesthetics and their origins within Australian Aboriginal cultures.

Recent works include a portrait of Bruce Pascoe author of ‘Dark Emu’ in Grey Box bark (eucalyptus microcarpa) from Bruce’s land in Yuin country in Krauatungalung National Park NSW and Paperbark from her own Altona street trees (melaleuca quinquenervia) submitted to the 2019 Archibald Prize.

Simultaneously, Catherine is a stakeholder in the Moonee Ponds Creek Collaboration transforming Moonee Ponds Creek into an iconic natural waterway, from Greenvale to Melbourne Docklands  Twenty government and NGOs are forming an EcoARTS working group to foreground Wurundjeri Boonwurrung and Koori artists designed artworks based on Traditional Knowledge.

‘Eastern Barred Bandicoot’ collaboration has emerged from work with Friends of Iramoo Grassland Reserve in Cairnlea and St Albans; revegetating Indigenous grassland plant species while uncovering Wurundjeri and Australia wide black and white histories of colonisation. She continues her individual transformation through painting, installation and community cultural development projects in her own backyard.

Only through connecting to country can all migrant Australians experience and value the unique global importance of this longest continuing culture on the planet!

Company: Living Colour Studio
Role: Director and Visual Artist
Practice: Visual Artist, EcoArtist, Community Cultural Development 
Facebook: @catherine.vanwilgenburg
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Phone: 0412 233 821