Sydney Observatory Residency Program
W E Cooke designed sun clock, made by E W Esdaile, Australia, 1926-1952.
W E Cooke designed sun clock, made by E W Esdaile, Australia, 1926-1952.

Amala Groom

Wiradyuri artist Amala Groom will engage with the Sydney Observatory’s collection of timekeeping objects to expand her research on the relationships between time as a western construct and Wiradyuri epistemologies.

Groom is a 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, her art often subverts and unsettles western iconographies to enunciate Aboriginal stories, experiences and histories, and to interrogate and undermine the legacy of colonialism.

She has participated in 20 residencies and been a finalist for more than 40 art prizes.

Amala Groom, photo by Ken Leanfore.