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GLENDA MCCULLOCH

First Nations artist, a Kalkadoon woman from Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia.

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About Glenda

"My name is Glenda McCulloch I’m a contemporary Indigenous artist, and a proud descendant of the mighty Kalkadoon tribe in North West Queensland. I was born in Mount Isa and still live here on country.

When I paint I draw inspiration from the Kalkadoon landscapes, out here the colours and textures on Kalkatungu country are like no where else in the world. I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by a big family, spending a lot of our time as kids in the bush, spending all day swimming in the waterholes, eating bush tucker and sleeping under the stars. Painting runs in my blood, I  grew up watching my family paint and carve all sorts of artefacts and tools."

NAIDOC 2021

THE COLLAB #3

Glenda has teamed up with Life Apparel Co in 2021 to create this special edition artwork.

She is currently represented with three designs in our retail collection.

Protect Country!

Acrylic on canvas
2021

Country is our connection to our home, to our family and to our stories. This is why we must protect it. The land provides us with all we need: our traditional food, medicine and shelter.

It's our connection to our people, grounding and centring us when we feel lost. The land and the people are one, without the land, we are nothing. It's our home, it's who we are.

THE COLLAB #2

Glenda has teamed up with Life Apparel Co in 2020 to create this special edition artwork.

She is currently represented with three designs in our retail collection.

Kalkatungu

Acrylic on canvas
2020

“We paint our traditional homelands (Kalkatungu country) heavily focusing on
the landscape because it is very special to us. This country is where our father and
our mother call home. We were raised here and it’s also where we are raising our children.

On our mother’s side of the family we have connections to sand-over river in
Central Australia (Northern Territory), where our great great grandmother Myrrdah
was born.

Our father is a strong Kalkadoon man and was the first chairman
of the Kalkadoon nation. He led the fight to win native title rights for his people.

I remember as a child being surrounded by family. I remember bush trips piled into
the back of our troop carrier, camping under the stars, eating bush tucker and listening to
our family sing around the campfire.

This country is very rough and rugged, the heat has
twisted and folded back on itself and the ochres have been pushed up from the depths.
Gold, silver and the many other minerals in the earth give us the most unique mineral belt
in the world. The peach-filled skies, together with the blues, pinks and purples, paint us the
renowned Kalkadoon sunsets. Spinifex covers the hillsides, the ghost gums flourish among
the intensely red dirt where our Kalkadoon Warriors quarried famous green stone axes.

We draw inspiration from these connections and vivid memories.
We use traditional shapes and symbols and an unrestricted palette to create a
modern interpretation of our traditional culture.”

THE COLLAB #1

Glenda has teamed up with Life Apparel Co in 2020 to create this special edition artwork.

She is currently represented with three designs in our retail collection.

Equality

Acrylic on canvas
2020

"We paint our traditional homelands (Kalkatungu country) heavily focusing on the landscape because it is very special to us. We draw inspiration from these connections and vivid memories. We use traditional shapes and symbols and an unrestricted palette to create a modern interpretation of our traditional culture.

This artwork depicts a journey line and human walking tracks. These tracks represent the journey through life as young people. The figures in the centre of the artwork represent children gathered together.

We are surrounded by the elders in our community. We rely on them to guide and support us in the fight for equality."