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 Noongar nation. Their artistic practice explores personal and relational histories through drawing, painting, textiles, drag and community gatherings.
This year Gabby was working on Imagined Migrant Futures with Steven Finch and community collaborators, apart of the JS Battye Creative Fellowship at SLWA 2018/19. The project explores creative expression and personal Asian migrant lineage in Western Australia. Here Steven and Gabby presented a workshop ‘Epistemicide in the Western Art Canon’ for Disrupted Festival on 28th July 2019.
Alongside their arts practice, Gabby and Aisyah Sumito, local artist and curator, co-run the ongoing community arts project Belonging. Belonging is a Noongar boodja based community arts initiative with an aim to provide a safe space for artists to express ideas of self and identity, to make art, and have a voice - with a particular focus on platforming Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.
Gabby holds a Bachelor of Design: Fine Arts Major from the University of Western Australia. They have been published in The Lifted Brow, Comic Sans Anthology, The Suburban Review, Voiceworks, Djed Press, and has been a selected artist-in-residence at Midland Junction Arts Centre and the Subiaco Theatre Festival 2018.
Gabby is also a Gallery Attendant of Paper Mountain, Admin and Creator of the Intercultural Creatives of WA online community group.
I acknowledge that I live and work on Whadjuk Noongar land, and 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.
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.