Bernadette is an Australian artist based in north Queensland.
She works across multiple media and her approach is typically interdisciplinary – interweaving her studio-based practice with her professional arts, environmental education and community cultural development work.
Her creative enquiries explore the following themes: Nature, culture, the metaphysical, connectivity, myth and mortality. She is also a passionate landcare volunteer who leads an urban, riparian regeneration project in her home suburb of Garbutt, Townsville in Queensland, Australia.
In 2012 and 2013, Bernadette worked on three public art works, part of a collection situated along the Ethno-botanical Trail and Historical Timeline on Townsville’s Jezzine Barracks / Kissing Point / Garabarra redevelopment. One of the art works was fabricated by Andy Frost, his assistant Sha Doh and Bernadette on Magnetic Island (Yunbenun) over the winter of 2013. You can watch the Council promotional video below or see the ‘Big P’ production photos on Andy’s website: Andy Frost – Sculpture.
Pandanus, with co-producer Andy Frost.
All photographs are by the artist, unless otherwise noted.
I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures throughout Australia and recognise the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities.
I pay my respects to the Wulgurukaba Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun people, and the Bindal people on whose land I live and work, and whose sovereignty was never ceded, and also to the neighbouring peoples from the region where my ancestors have lived and grown since the 1870s: the Nywaigi, Manbarra, Gugu Badhun and Juru peoples.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are warned that this website contains images of deceased people.