Amala Groom wins the 2020 Wyndham Art Prize

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Big congrats to Bathurst based artist Amala Groom, winner of the 2020 Wyndham Art Prize with her sculptural work titled Copywrong, 2018.

Now in its sixth year, the Wyndham Art Prize attracts entries from some of the best artists across Australia. Showing a breadth of arts practice, the Prize offers a big step up for emerging artists seeing their work alongside high-profile artists all in the running for the big prize.

Amala Groom is a Wiradyuri conceptual artist whose practice, as the performance of her cultural sovereignty, is informed and driven by First Nations epistemologies, ontologies and methodologies.

Her work, a form of passionate activism, presents acute and incisive commentary on contemporary socio-political issues. Articulated across diverse media, Groom’s work often subverts and unsettles western iconographies to enunciate Aboriginal stories, experiences and histories, and to interrogate and undermine the legacy of colonialism.

Informed by extensive archival, legislative and first-person research, Groom’s work is socially engaged, speaking truth to take a stand against hypocrisy, prejudice, violence and injustice.

Across her practice, Groom proactively seeks to dismantle the Colonial Project (1) 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.

Amala is a solo practitioner who works with her family, community and extensive economic, cultural, political, legal and social networks to both inform, lead and drive her practice. Groom works collaboratively with individuals and groups on a project by project basis.

Read about and view the winning work here:

(1) The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy defines the Colonial Project as emerging ‘when it became possible to move large numbers of people across the ocean and to maintain political sovereignty in spite of geographical dispersion’. The artist uses the term to describe the ongoing invasion of Australia by the Crown through the usurpation of Aboriginal sovereignty by the State.

Images: Copywrong, 2018, fake boomerang, ochre, acrylic, Australian currency, 35 x 20 x 5cm. Single Edition. Courtesy of the artist.

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