Name– Belynda Waugh (Work signed as Bindi)
Where do you live/work? Where is your studio?
Live out at Yarwun and studio is down at the bottom of my garden. I am an indigenous artist with my people being the Iman from Central Queensland and Bundjalung from Northern New South Wales.
What have you entered in this year’s Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards?
My entries this year are works called “Should Race Define Place” and a work called “Seven Sisters”
Tell us a little about it:
Should Race Define Place – is a progression from an exhibition I had at Gladstone Regional Gallery last year called Appropriate / Not Appropriate. It explored how we attach ourselves to the land and how we make the choices of who we include and who we exclude within society.
What inspires you to create art?
I work across a range of mediums from illustrating children’s books to public art, ceramics, painting and commercial design. I also write poetry and currently one of my poems MOTHER EARTH is used in the curriculum for primary schools in Queensland. Every now and then a teacher will contact me and share how their students have analysed the poem and this continues to inspire me to keep writing.
I particularly enjoy doing public art especially the challenge of the project management process. I am presently working with Urban Art Projects, Brisbane for a series of public art pieces to be installed in the new Rockhampton Riverbank Precinct. The 5 works are cast bronze with a height range between 1.8 and 3 M and should be installed January 2018.
I love the opportunity you get with art to draw someone in and then gently suggest a different perspective or to give them something to reflect on.
Why do you think Art Awards like the Martin Hanson are important?
Art awards like the Martin Hanson are incredibility important for regional areas. Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum and the staff have been one of the major reasons for any success I have had in my career as an artist and I am extremely grateful for their support and encouragement over the years. I am sure there are many local artists who like myself started their artistic career by entering this award. It also brings an incredibly diverse range of work here to Gladstone which otherwise you would need to travel to a major city to see.