The Newcastle Art Gallery Youth Advisory Group acknowledges the Awabakal and Worimi people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live, and pay our deepest respects to Elders past, present and future. The Youth Advisory Group is dedicated to honouring the culture and traditions of our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through the visual arts.



Liz O'Brien

Liz O’Brien, an emerging interdisciplinary visual artist from Wonnarua country (Maitland NSW), established her practice with a strong focus on photographic processes, working with expired materials and analogue processes. O’Brien grounded her practice in combining traditional darkroom techniques with modern methods of digital printing and image manipulation. Key techniques in creating her works include the use of expired film types, pinhole photography, liquid light emulsion and incorporating textiles and salvaged materials into her printing and installation methods.

The conceptual concerns of O’Brien explore varying influences on an individual’s identity and experiences of disconnection and isolation from community, relationships and environment. Merging traditional and modern photographic technologies to capture emotive imagery of gestural, performative human figures and natural environments, O’Brien's conceptual concerns are presented in an intimate, reflective manner open to the personal interpretations of her audiences.