McCarthy has exhibited extensively over the past seven years. Selective exhibitions include , A solo show ‘Down by the river Darling’, at Manly Art Gallery and Museum (2019). ‘Ceremony’ A solo exhibition at Art Atrium (2018). ‘Four Women: (I do belong) Double’, curated by Djon Mundine OAM, at Lismore Regional Art Gallery (2017). ‘Realising Mothers’ co-curators Sandy Edwards and Zorica Purlitja at Kudos Galleries, UNSW Art & Design (2017).Her photograph ‘Kopi in the Mourning’ (2018) was awarded the inaugural King & Wood Mallesons Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (Parliament House).She was published in the August edition (2019) of Artist Profile, titled ‘Death of a River: the work of Teena McCarthy’ by Djon Mundine. ‘Winning by a Country Mile’, Susan Skelly. The Robb Report, Autumn 2019 edition.
Teena McCarthy is a visual artist and poet who works predominantly in painting, photography and performance art. She graduated in 2014 from UNSW Art & Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction.McCarthy is an Italian/Barkindji woman who is a descendant of The Stolen Generations. Her work documents her family’s displacement and Aboriginal Australian’s loss of Culture and their ‘hidden’ history. While acknowledging the intergenerational pain of post colonialism, McCarthy uses wit, humour and pathos to explore her own identity. Synchronicity also comes into play in McCarthy’s experimental painting, often determining its outcome and informing its own materiality.
Graduating in 2014 from University of NSW Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction, McCarthy has exhibited extensively for the past seven years. For Artlands Dubbo16, she was the featured artist in Old Lands – New Marks, curated by Djon Mundine OAM for Western Plains Cultural Centre. McCarthy was selected finalist in The NSW Parliament Aboriginal Art Prize 2014 and 2015. Her commissions include the cover of UNSW Law Faculty’s Reconciliation Action Plan (2015). In 2011, McCarthy curated iNTervention Intervention an exhibition about The Northern Territory Emergency Response Act. After recently showing in a group show Summer Sojourns 17 at Art Atrium, Bondi, her work is now available from this gallery.
I use the self-portrait as a ‘Bush Mary’ to honour my Italian mother, my Barkindji Aboriginal grandmother, and the divine fertility spirit Mother Earth, herein, called the ‘Holy Trinity’. The work references the late 19th century Victorian photographic trope of the ‘Hidden mothers’; and hence, used as a metaphor for the Aboriginal women who worked as domestic servants on outback stations in and across Australia. In Northern NSW, these women were known as the ‘Bush Mary’s’. While hidden in the outback landscape, the ‘Bush Mary’s’ would cook, clean and mind the children of the colonists. My work intends to make the once hidden, visible again.
When are the Bush Marys coming? | 2017
A Galaxy of Suns Alan Schacher Alana Hunt Aleshia Lonsdale Aleshia Lonsdale Alex Gawronski Alex Wisser Alexander Jackson-Wyatt & Paulina Semkowicz Alison Clouston and Boyd Amanda Hills Andrew Christie Anne Graham Annemaree Dalziel Anya Rosen Artbank Artcodex Artists in Transit Beata Geyer & James Culkin Ben Denham Bill Moseley Billy Gruner and Graham Davis King Blak Douglas Boris Hunt Brad Allen-Waters Bronia Iwanczak Bruce Green Carol Warner Cementa poets Cementa Salon Ceramica Christine McMillan Christine McMillan Cigdem Aydemir Claire Conroy Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro Connie Anthes Connie Anthes Dan Kojta Dani Marti Danial Stocks Daniel Kojta Daniel Mudie Cunningham Darryl H. Brown David Capra Diego Bonetto Djon Mundine Elizabeth Day Eugenia Raskopoulos Fiona Davies Fiona Davies Fiona Kemp Fiona MacDonald Fiona MacDonald Fleur MacDonald Francesca Mataraga Frontyard Genevieve Carroll Genevieve Murray George Shaw George Tillianakis Georgina Pollard Georgina Pollard and Leanne Wicks Gilbert Grace Gilbert Grace Greg Pritchard Heidi Lefebvre Hinterding/Haines Hobart Hughes Ian Milliss Ian Milliss Jack Randell Jacquelene Drinkall Jacquelene Drinkall Jason Lujan Jason Wing Jenny Brown Jesse Oliveri John A Douglas John A. Douglas John Conomos John Conomos Josh Harle Juilee Pryor Julie Montgarrett and Sarah McEwan Justene Williams Justin Balmain Justin Cooper Kandos Art Group Kandos CWA Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation Karen Golland Karla Dickens Kat Brown Kate Cowden Kate Mackay Kim V. Goldsmith Kurt Sorensen Kyle Ford Lauren Smith Leahlani Johnson Leanne Wicks Lena Obergfell Liam Benson Linda Brescia Linden Braye Lisa Andrew Liv in(the)finite & Patch Sinclair Madeleine Preston Margaret Brooks Margaret Roberts Margaret Roberts Mark Booth Mark Brown Mark Brown & David Standfield Mark Shorter melanie e. khava Melissa Staiger Mervyn Bishop Miriam Williamson Mr & Mrs Brown Murrawuy and Kirrpatja Nicole Barakat Nicole Welch Nola Farman Opening Night Paris Norton Paul Gazzola Paul Greedy Paul Greedy Peter Blamey Peter Williamson Philip Spark PYT | Fairfield Robin Hungerford Robyn Backen s o d a c a k e Sach Catts Sarah Breen Lovett Sarah Breen Lovett Sarah Goffman Sarah Goffman Sarah Nolan Sarah Waterson Scott 'Sauce' Towney Sean O’Keeffe Six Quick Chicks Skye Saxon SNO Group Sound Night Starrs & Cmielewski Starrs & Cmielewski Sue Pedley and Virginia Hilyard Super Critical Mass Teena McCarthy Terry Burrows The Motel Sisters The Mumps The Spectral Committee The Stoked The Twilight Girls Thom Roberts Tim Burns Tina Havelock Stevens Tom Isaacs Tony Albert Vaughan O'Connor Vienna Del Rosario Parreno Virginia Hilyard Wade Marynowsky William Seeto Williams River Valley Artists’ Project (WRVAP) Yiorgos Zafiriou Yvette Hamilton Zanny Begg Zio Ledeux
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