I am a descendent of the Ngugi people of Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) in the Quandamooka (Moreton Bay), currently residing on the Gold Coast - a coastal city of the Australian state of Queensland. I have a conceptual arts practice and a design based street art practise.
After completing a Creative Arts Degree, I formed Creative Inclusive, and delivered numerous socially engaged arts projects across Australia. I was a founder of the DRASTIC program - a peer-driven therapeutic creative arts and life skills program, which utilises peer support for youth 10-25 years. DRASTIC is facilitated by skilled professionals and youth-trained as peer support leaders. As director of DRASTIC, I initiated community and cross – cultural consultations practices and processes to engage youth. Today this practice underpins community, commercial and familial art projects with successful outcomes that are unique and reflective of each community and their cultural expression. The focus of this work has been on sharing stories of strength and pride on walls, buildings and under bridges, and more recently, within cultural institutional contexts in partnership with state and national museums in Brisbane and Canberra.
I work as Libby Harward Art in my conceptual practice and under the pseudonym Mz Murricod in my aerosol street art practice. My new aerosol works have been strongly informed by my ephemeral conceptual, site-specific art practice, which takes place in the intertidal zone, and follows a continual process of re-calling – re-hearing- re-mapping - re-contextualising – de-colonising and re-instating on country that which colonisation has denied our people. These works, and my more recent gallery-based installation works, engage traditional custodians in their evolution, have predominated on mainland country that has become highly urbanised and calls for an artistic response that seeks to uncover and reinstate the cultural significance of that place, which always was, and remains, there.
contact : Libby@drastic.net.au