About Cockatoo-Collins Studio
Delvene Cockatoo-Collins lives and works on Minjerribah with her family. She acknowledges that this is the 'place of my mother's birth and also for her mother and her mothers mother. Her current practice includes textiles, ceramic and jewellery making through these mediums, she expresses the stories of her family's lived experiences on Minjerribah, the natural environment, and her responses to representations of images and texts of Quandamooka. She has an inherently resourceful approach to her art making, whereby she spends time with her family on Back Beach collecting materials and found objects that become and important element in her work. Delvene also draws inspiration from the stories that have been handed down to her that related to family, culture and history and the land. She translates these narratives through her own contemporary interpretations to ensure their continuation (Gathering Strands Catalogue, 2016)
Delvene is currently completing her PhD in Indigenous Perspectives in Creative Arts at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education; is working on various community projects. Delvene has exhibition in group exhibitions including Connections to the Waters of Minjerribah, Redland Art Gallery (2015), My Story: South Stradbroke Island Indigenous Artist Camp, Gold Coast City Art Gallery (2015), Festival of Pacific Arts Ceramic Exhibition, Isla Centre for the Arts - University of Guam, Gathering Strands, Redlands Art Gallery (2016), Shifting Sands: South Stradbroke Island Indigenous Artist Camp, Gold Coast Coast City Art Gallery (2016), Independent Artist Exhibition, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (2016), Island Made Russell Island Community Centre (2016); Textiles from the Festival of Pacific Arts Redlands Performing Arts Centre (2016)
The Studio is a space for Delvene to create work for her PhD final exhibition, anticipated to be in April 2018.