Amala Groom is a Wiradjuri conceptual artist whose practice, as the performance of her cultural sovereignty, is informed and driven by First Nations epistemologies, ontologies and methodologies. Her work, a form of passionate activism, presents acute and incisive commentary on contemporary socio-political issues. Articulated across diverse media, Groom’s work often subverts and unsettles western iconographies in order to enunciate Aboriginal stories, experiences and histories, and to interrogate and undermine the legacy of colonialism. Not wishing to create reactionary works which tacitly allow contemporary political operatives serving the colonial ideology to set her artistic agenda, Groom seeks to create works which proactively and creatively unpack and undermine the Colonial Project, the on-going philosophy of colonialism that has imperialistically subjugated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples since 1770.
Recent shows include Does she know the Revolution is coming? Curated by David Broker, Canberra Contemporary Art Space; Spiritual Connection, of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, curated by Simon Chan, Art Atrium/Live in Art; GREEN on RED, The Bearded Tit, curated by Connie Anthes; Standing still: looking back looking forward, Incinerator Gallery, curated by Jessica Clark; Recent Acquisitions, Blacktown Arts Centre, curated by Paul Howard; The Public Body .02, Artspace, curated by Talia Linz and Alexie Glass-Kantor; System of Objects, National Art School curated by Jaime Tsai & Mikaela Rodwell; Moving Histories Future Projections, a dLux Media Arts exhibition toured by Museum & Galleries of NSW, curated by Kelly Doley and Di Smith; Have you seen my Emily?, Casula Powerhouse, curated by Adam Porter and Talk Back, Visual Bulk, Hobiennale 2017, curated by James Tylor.
In 2017 Groom won the Mayors Choice Award, MIL-PRA Award, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and in 2018 was the winner of the Southlands Emerging Art Award (Breakthrough – Visual Artist).
Groom is a consultant with Ilford Arts Projects who are currently engaged with the Orange Regional Museum on the Villages of the Heart project and is a Director on the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) Board.