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Dr Treahna Hamm

Artist: Treahna Hamm Language group Yorta Yorta Community Homeland Echuca/Moama/ Barmah NSW- Victoria Border

Treahna Hamm is a Yorta Yorta artist who lives and works near the Murray River in Albury/ Wodonga. Many aspects of her artworks are indicative of her life experience. Treahna was disconnected from her Indigenous mother & culture at birth, but was raised near to her Ancestral homelands where her Indigenous family lived caring parents. Much of the artists work is informed by the local bush and river environment- the connection felt from a childhood through art. Treahna's unique style has evolved during 22 years of her art career. With little or no information regarding Indigenous arts within books at Art college Treahna was drawn to European artists such Paul Klee (mainly) and John Miro as well as the imagery of Australian artists John Olsen, Fred Williams and Margaret Preston. During the 1980's the Boomalli Artist Co-operative was from (Sydney) which began exhibiting work of urban Aboriginal Artists. Treahna exhibited at the sane time in rural areas. Artworks with issues such as identity, assimilation, connection to land and the community were supported by major art galleries in Australia as well as internationally. Contemporary Aboriginal art gained extra momentum. Currently completing a PhD in Philosophy (school of education at RMIT University)