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Date of birth: 1975
Language Groups: Djunbun / Bundjalung
Kim Healey is an Indigenous Artist and a direct descendant of the Bundjulung and Gumbayngiirr nations, and also a descendant of the Djunbun (Platypus) Clan, original custodians of the Washpool at Lionsville in Northern NSW.
Working and creating out of her small studio cottage on the coastlines of the Clarence Valley, Kim continues to engage and capture her audience using a contemporary palate and modern design within the Graphic Design field of practice illustrating her connection to country and sharing her family’s history and stories.
Kim says: By using a layered system that is contemporary, I feel a great peace in my soul while still echoing a sense of connection to all things in their natural state. When I start creating a piece that is unknown to me, it then reveals itself to me and I look back at it thinking “There you are”. I create in mediums such as metal sculpture, works on canvas, paper, photography, skin art, pyrographics and various other printing techniques.
Kim has evolved throughout her career starting in forms of print/media works on paper to recycling metal and creating three dimensional sculptural work. Kim much later in her career started her Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design at Southern Cross University. Kim has exhibited internationally and has been published.
Healey lives with her three children in Baryulgil where she is a caretaker of the land. Influenced by her cousin and mentor Bronwyn Bancroft , Healey exhibited for the first time in 2005 in ‘Water Gives Life’, a group exhibition with Sally Morgan, Bronwyn Bancroft, Euphemia Bostock , Charmaine Davis and Danielle Gorogo at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery in Sydney. This same group exhibits annually at the gallery. In 2008, her work was exhibited in the ‘Family Fusion’ exhibition at Circle Café in Balmain, Sydney, and in ‘The Year of the Apology Exhibition’, Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina. A number of her works are held in private collections.