Bronwyn Razem, Weaving Stories (Murray River), Mixed media installation (detail). Photo: Fleur Ruddick.

Clair Bates, Tina Doolin, Ellen Trevorrow, Samantha Doolin, Charlie Davis, Jennifer Bates, Glenda Nicholls, Bronwyn Razem, Debra Rankine, Jelina Haines, Alice Abdulla, Anne McMahon, Weaving Stories (Murray River), Collaborative mixed media installation. Photo: Fleur Ruddick.

Bronwyn Razem is an Indigenous basket weaver and painter. She is a Gunditjmara woman of the Kirrae Whurrong clan of western Warrnambool on the Victorian coastline. Bronwyn’s practice involves an exploration of her Indigenous heritage and identity, and she creates symbolic representations of places and events that are meaningful to her family. She integrates ochres, sand and other materials into her paintings, and her works also draw on the possum skin cloak traditions of her ancestors. Exhibitions include Symbols of Identity (2006/2007), Ngathook mangnoorroo watanoo: I come from (2008) both at Bunjilaka Gallery, Melbourne Museum, and Local story: local voices at the National Wool Museum, Geelong. Bronwyn was highly commended for the Deadly Art Award at the 2005 Victorian Indigenous Arts Awards, and she was short-listed for the Victorian Indigenous Arts Awards in 2006. In 2008, Bronwyn was chosen by the Australia Council for the Arts to be part of a delegation of Indigenous artists to attend the 10th Pacific Arts Festival in Western Samoa.

Bronwyn’s mother, Aunty Zelda Couzens, was a well-respected basket weaver and elder who taught Bronwyn basket-making techniques. Bronwyn now regularly conducts basket weaving workshops with Victorian Indigenous communities in order to facilitate the revival of cultural traditions. She has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours at Deakin University, and in 2008 she was enrolled in a Master by Research degree at Deakin Institute of Koorie Education, Geelong.

Bronwyn Razem, Weaving Stories (Murray River), 2015. Photo: Danielle Hanifin.

Weaving Stories (Murray River), 2015. Photo: Fleur Ruddick.