Lorraine Connelly-Northey is connected to the Williams family of the Narrandera ‘Sand Hills’ in NSW. Her artistic practice is influenced by her western and Aboriginal heritage where she transforms scavenged materials such as wire and corrugated iron, into sculptures. These sculptural creations reference coil-weaving and reflect traditional objects such as narrbang-galang (bush bags). Through her work, Lorraine explores the dynamic nature of her country and heritage.
Lorraine Connelly-Northey was born and raised on the adjoining tribal boundaries of the Wamba Wamba and
Wadi Wadi peoples, known today as the township of Swan Hill in north-west Victoria. Most of Connelly-Northey’s life has been spent taking in the Aboriginal history of these boundaries under the guidance of her non-Aboriginal dad and later her brother-in-law, a Wadi Wadi descendant. While over the last decade, Connelly-Northey has been living away from home on her mother’s land of connection, Waradgerie (Wiradjuri) Country, she continues to expand on her cultural knowledge along with making sacrifices to gain inspiration for her art practice.