Waradgerie people, born Swan Hill, Victoria 1962
Lorraine Connelly-Northey is a Waradgerie woman born in Swan Hill, Victoria in 1962. Her interest is in the ideas posed by cross-cultural narratives and in celebrating the traditional work of her ancestors. She is particularly inspired by the Mallee and Riverina bush environments of north-western Victoria where she spent her childhood. Her objects and installations relate to the history of the Waradgerie and her personal connection to the land.
Since 1991 she has exhibited in numerous exhibitions including Hunter-Gatherer, Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria and Cross Currents, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art in 2005 and the exhibition and national tour Twined Together: Kunmadj Njalehnjaleken, initiated by the Melbourne Museum in 2006. Her work was included in two major exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria: Landmarks displayed between 2006 – 2009 and Contemporary Commonwealth in 2006 and her art was featured in the Sydney Biennale in 2008 and 2010.