Amala Groom is a Wiradjuri 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 in order to enunciate Aboriginal stories, experiences and histories, and to interrogate and undermine the legacy of colonialism. Not wishing to create reactionary works which tacitly allow contemporary political operatives serving the colonial ideology to set her artistic agenda, Groom seeks to create works which proactively and creatively unpack and undermine the Colonial Project, the on-going philosophy of colonialism that has imperialistically subjugated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples since 1770.
Recent shows include The Public Body .02, Artspace, curated by Talia Linz and Alexie Glass-Kantor, System of Objects, National Art School curated by Jaime Tsai & Mikaela Rodwell, Moving Histories Future Projections, a dLux Media Arts exhibition toured by Museum & Galleries of NSW, curated by Kelly Doley and Di Smith, Have you seen my Emily?, Casula Powerhouse, curated by Adam Porter and Talk Back, Visual Bulk, Hobiennale 2017, curated by James Tylor.
Groom is currently a Director on the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) Board and is the sub-editor for un Magazine vol. 12.1/12.2.