Deanne Gilson (WADAWURRUNG)
Image: Deanne Gilson, In View of the Exotic, 2019
Deanne Gilson is a proud Wadawurrung woman and an award-winning multimedia visual artist. Her work focuses on reclaiming traditional knowledge by reflecting the colonial gaze back and challenging Western portrayals of Aboriginal people. Deanne has completed numerous courses at Federation University Australia: Certificate IV in Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Bachelor of Visual Art (Hons), and a Diploma of Secondary Art Education. Deanne is further exploring her Aboriginal heritage through a Master of Arts (Visual Art) by research at the Institute of Koorie Education, Deakin University, as a PhD candidate. In 2018, Deanne was a featured artist in the inaugural Biennale of Australian Art.