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Wollongong City Council

Wanita Lowe

Wanita Lowe

"I am a proud Dunghutti and Biripi woman from Kempsey NSW. I reconnected to my family on Country in 2014; it was an incredible reunion. Connection with my home is really important for my identity and strength to who I am as a black woman and artist.

I’m an urban contemporary Indigenous artist with a feminine perspective. I work with many mediums painting, sculpture, ceramics and traditional weaving, I’m influenced by the land and surroundings, stories and the Dreamtime.

I grew up on Wiradjuri Country, Leeton, Riverina as a state ward (foster child) as I am a direct result from the Stolen Generation and displacement of my Aboriginal family. I am accepted in the Leeton community and I’m a member of the Land Council there.

My daughters Kakira and Nioka, who are also of Gamilliraay descent, have a huge impact on my life and my cultural art journey. There is a lot of female energy in my home.  I’m very proud of my daughters and being a mother and now Cultural art teacher and Aboriginal mentor at Eora TAFE, which gives me the opportunity to pass on my knowledge to future generations."

Above: Wanita Lowe, Warrior Women, 2021, clay, Lomandra grass, emu feathers