In the artist's words, 'Australia, long before it had that name is designed to take the viewer on a journey along the painted make-believe landscape, based on the country some of us now live in and others have been in for a long time. It will start at the beginning of time and by the inclusion of certain evidence of humans, animals, and plants, it will bring the viewer up to relatively recent times.'
Katherine Bradley is a Darwin-based artist with a landscape painting-based practice which dates from the late 1980s when she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the South Australian College of Advanced Education. Katherine has held numerous solo exhibitions around Australia beginning with Shelter in an Australian landscape (1995, Geraldton Regional Gallery) and, most recently, Australia, before it had that name (Series 1) (2014, Framed Gallery, Darwin) which laid the foundation for her current exhibition to occupy NCCA's Screenroom as a 30-plus-metre frieze. Also strongly informing the exhibition is a 2016 residency at Territory Wildlife Park which enabled the artist to closely study local flora and fauna and seasonal changes (across 6 Top End seasons).
Katherine also holds a Master of Fine Arts (1992, University of Tasmania) and she is a previous finalist in the Togart Award (2013).