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Amanda White

DADAA

Amanda (Mandy) White is an Aboriginal artist of Yamatji heritage born in Guildford, Western Australia. Mandy’s art career began in her early thirties when she started her studio work at DADAA in 2010. Over the subsequent decade, Mandy has become a passionate, award-winning artist and a strong role model for artists with disability. Intrinsic to Mandy’s work is her boundless energy, as seen in her confident, lively mark-making, her use of vibrant colours and playfulness with figurative imagery.

Mandy’s work has often explored her fascination with the supernatural beings that exist in the Noongar and Yamatji landscape. Stories about these bush creatures are strongly linked to her mother (deceased), her family and culture. Animals also feature prominently in Mandy’s art. She has lived with a menagerie of animals all of her life and at one time, including more than thirty rabbits and fifty birds. Her whimsical interpretations of her beloved pets often appear in her work.

Mandy has exhibited widely over the past decade winning many awards and commissions. In 2020, Mandy exhibited in Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe, was selected for the City of Joondalup’s 2020 Invitation Art Prize and her artwork was acquired by the AGWA State collection. She was profiled in the book Art on the Edge by the Darlington Historical Society and was featured in Kalyakool at Ellenbrook Arts and Wangaree Community Centre, Lancelin. She led a Bush Creature Clay Modelling workshop for the People with Disability WA Conference and was awarded an As We Are Artist Mentorship – a six-month mentoring program at Bathers Beach Art studios, Fremantle.