Gabby Loo (pronouns: they/them/theirs) is an emerging multidisciplinary artist and community arts facilitator. They are a second-generation migrant of Shan and Hakka ancestry living on the unceded lands of the Whadjuk people of the Bibbulmun nation. Their artistic practice explores personal and relational histories through drawing, painting, murals, textiles, drag, and community gatherings.
Gabby holds a Bachelor of Design: Fine Arts Major from the University of Western Australia. They are a recipient of the Mission Australia Cultural Endeavours Award at the WA Youth Awards 2019 and the James Sykes Battye Creative Fellowship at the State Library of Western Australia 2018/19 alongside Steven Finch. During this fellowship Steven, Gabby and community collaborators worked on the project Imagined Migrant Futures. The project explored creative expression and personal Asian migrant lineage in Western Australia. Here Steven and Gabby curated the group exhibition Seasons, Histories, Hopes, and presented multiple free community workshops including 'Hacking the Archive: Invisible Ink' co-run with Ethan Blue, with the support of the Museum for Freedom Tolerance, and ‘Epistemicide in the Western Art Canon’ for Disrupted Festival on 28th July 2019.
Gabby's illustrations and comics have been published in The Lifted Brow, Comic Sans Anthology, The Suburban Review, Voiceworks and Djed Press. They have also been a selected artist-in-residence at Midland Junction Arts Centre supported by Propel Youth Arts WA and the Subiaco Theatre Festival. In their spare time they also co-administrate the Intercultural Creatives of WA online community group.
I acknowledge that I live and work on the lands of the Whadjuk people of the Bibbulmun nation, I acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Custodians of Country. I acknowledge Traditional Owners throughout Australia and their continuing connection to the land, sea and community. I recognise that sovereignty was never ceded and pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging. This always was and always will be Aboriginal land [-O-]
I would also like to offer solidarity for those seeking asylum, and who have been unjustly imprisoned by the state of Australia in indefinite detention and who have been denied basic human rights and freedoms. It is important for us to acknowledge these injustices, as we strive towards a future where all may have the dignity and freedom that all deserve.
Photography credit: Danyon Burge (top left).