Born: Camperdown, NSW
Tribal Group: Gadigal
Konstantina (Kate Constantine) is a proud Gadigal woman of the Eora Nation and a neocontemporary Indigenous artist. She is re-imagining the traditions of her peoples' dot painters and providing a modern narrative for all Australians to better understand First Nations People as part of the fabric of Australia.
As a descendant of the Gadigal people, she is passionate about her Language, Culture and histories, much of which have been lost, misplaced or manipulated since the dawn of colonisation.Through her extensive research Kate is truth telling the real histories of her people and is actively involved in revitalising the Gadigal language via her collaboration with Sydney University to breathe life into the original language of the Eora Nation.
Her artwork tells of these histories, connecting to Country, and directly relates the struggles, inspiration, challenges and daily turmoil she feels at being a mum, a storyteller, a creative, a woman and above all a connected Aboriginal person to the land, the animals and spirit of our Country into her modern contemporary take on a time honoured tradition of dot painting.
Using acrylics, ochre, natural pigments and sticks found on mother Earth she sits quietly for hours producing works on paper, canvas and at scale for public art projects. She now resides with her husband and three young children on Bundjalung Country where she is inspired by the nature that surrounds her and her sons.
Kate is a Director of the Aboriginal Art Association of Australia, which represents interests of all Aboriginal Artists and Galleries.
Konstantina's recognition as an artist has catapulted in recent years. Her extensive awards, exhibition and public artwork achievments is a testiment to her commitment and dedication to her Culture, as well as her art practice. She has cemented herself has one of the most engaging and captivating voices in the Indigenous art scene today.
Copyright Biography Kate Owen Gallery courtesy of Konstantina
Image Copyright Davide Balbuzzi