Artist focus – Lucy Simpson

We sat down with one of our collaborators, Indigenous artist Lucy Simpson and asked her a few questions about her life and her work.

Where does the name Gaawaa Miyay originate? 

Gaawaa – River

Miyay – Daughter

Gaawaa Miyay talks about our family connection to freshwater country and Miyay celebrates the strong women of our family, Gaawaa Miyay, river daughter.

Take us through your process, what inspires you? 

Country, experience and story provide the inspiration for much of my work – with design acting as a kind of visual narrative to express and share story.

How did you discover your love for design?

I have always loved design – from a young age I was always making and creating – whether it was emu feather necklaces or echidna quill earrings – the process of connecting to place, story and material and sharing those things with others.

How has your practice changed over time?

From jewellery making to graphic design and textiles and print, my practice has and does continue to evolve – being inspired with each experience and responding to life and story.

What project are you working on now?

I am currently working on a body of work for an exhibition next month “A Measured Response” Curated by Emily McDaniel opening May 25 at the National Art School Gallery as well as a number of graphic design projects and a collaborative art installation (interior) around notions of acknowledgement story and place. I’ve also been enjoying some time recently in the country and with my family. Also in the works is a brand new Gaawaa Miyay website – coming soon!!