Born 1962, Wamba Wamba/Latji Latji/Wadi Wadi Country, Swan Hill, Victoria. Lives and works on Waradgerie (Wiradjuri) Country, Narrandera, New South Wales. Waradgerie, Southern Riverine region
The artistic practice of Lorraine Connelly-Northey is influenced by her western and Aboriginal heritage. She works with abandoned, failed and forgotten materials, such as wire and corrugated iron, products of European settlement sourced from rubbish dumps and farms along her tribal boundaries. Connelly-Northey repurposes these materials into sculptural works, employing Aboriginal weaving techniques and referencing traditional objects, such as coolamons (vessels). Through her work Connelly-Northey addresses history and race, and the importance of safeguarding traditional knowledge.
Lorraine was a featured artist in MAMA’s opening exhibition Wiradjuri Ngurambanguu and led a female First Nations artist residency as part of this exhibition. In 2017, Lorraine was commissioned by the MAMA Art Foundation with her epically scaled work ‘On Country’, which maps the path of the Murray River as it courses through the twin cities of Albury and Wodonga.