Cheryl Moggs

Artist Statement

Cheryl's art is grounded in constructing her cultural identity..

Cheryl Moggs is an emerging Aboriginal artist, educator and leader in culturally grounded artistic development. She was born and lives on her traditional country in Goondiwindi, Queensland and spent her younger years living on the Toobeah Reserve as a fringe dweller. She is a Bigambul descendant. A self-taught artist influenced by challenging western culture ideologies, mapping culture and place, constructing identities and connections.

Her career and artistic practice is interdisciplinary in painting, photography textiles, design, drawing and printmaking. With a 16 year span of teaching in the natural resource management, Indigenous visual arts and culture disciplines unpacking and exploring historical events, family origins, connections, identity and place.

Cheryl is no stranger to understanding or experiencing the ramifications of cultural loss. Coming from a rural county town with a history of removal and protection of her people she is passionate about reclaiming, reconnecting to culture and country.

Her belief is without cultural identity we are empty vessels: A reflection on Mother Earth without spirit or place

 

Biography

Cheryl Moggs was born to an Irish father and Aboriginal mother, seventh of nine children.

A descendant of the Bigambul people of  Goondiwindi, Bungunya and Toobeah regions - in southwest Queensland. Born and raised on her traditional country. Cheryl still continues to live on her traditional country.

 As a young child she led a semi-traditional life in bush camps and as a fringe dweller on the banks of the Weir River at the Toobeah Reserve where she lived in a one room tin hut with no electricity or running water with her parents and seven siblings.  From an early age her mother and siblings taught her to follow the seasons to collect and cook bush tucker. She also learnt to make fish and animal traps and track to catch food.

Her schooling days came to an end at the age of nine with her siblings she went to work in the fields with her father on stations across the west. She never finished primary school nor went onto start senior school. Later in life she went to University to follow her dream of becoming a teacher. Cheryl became an Early Childhood Teacher and ventured into the VET sector to teach in the Indigenous Visual Arts, Natural Resource Management and Culture disciplines spanning 16 years.  This year in 2016 as a leader and speaker for her people she will celebrate with her people a Native Title Consent Determination.