Artist Statement

Mandy Quadrio is a Trawlwoolway, Palawa woman connected to her maternal ancestral Countries of Tebrakunna, north-east Lutriwita / Tasmania, and the Oyster Bay Nation of eastern Lutriwita. She is also of Anglo-Irish heritage. Currently based in Meanjin / Brisbane, her artistic practice encompasses sculpture, installation, photography and mixed media.

Through her practice Quadrio works to unfix racist categorisations, historic denials and imposed invisibility in relation to Aboriginal identity. Driven by materiality she embraces the industrially-produced material of steel wool where she manipulates abrasive steely fibres in order to reclaim and foreground culture through scouring materials that have traditionally been used to scrub things away. Combined with organic cultural objects such as ocean-derived bull kelp, ochre and natural fibres, she interweaves complex dialogues to forge narratives that anchor and solidify contemporary Palawa expression.  

Both her work and process reference notions of erasure and presence in relation to socio-political realities around contested Australian, colonial histories. Offering new visual dialogues, the re-configuration of natural and pre-fabricated materials, assembled into sculptures and installations, represent political acts of defiance and constitute a disruption to historic and present-day power relations surrounding Tasmanian Aboriginality.  

Artist Bio & CV

Mandy Quadrio was born in Naarm / Melbourne, Australia. After graduating from the Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art (CAIA) degree at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in 2016, she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts with 1st Class Honours. In 2021 Mandy was awarded her Doctorate in Visual Arts (DVA) from Griffith University.

Mandy Quadrio  

Born Naarm / Melbourne, Australia
Mob/Country:  Trawlwoolway people, Tebrakunna, Coastal Plains Nation, north-east Lutriwita / Tasmania and Oyster Bay Nation, eastern Lutriwita



2018 – 2021 Doctor of Visual Arts (DVA), Queensland College of Art (QCA), Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland
2017 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) 1st Class, QCA, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland
2014 – 2016 Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art (C.A.I.A.), Queensland College of Art (QCA), Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland
2013 Certificate III in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts, Southbank Institute of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland
2002 – 2007 Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology), University of Queensland (partial completion)




  • Hold me while you can – endangered species, Kelp Culture 2022 Project, The Climate Foundation, Project Gallery, Griffith University, Brisbane
  • Australian First Nations Collaboration: Terra Incognita: Inclusiveness is a good way, San Teonisto Church, Treviso, Italy
  • Beyond Misty Histories, MONA FOMA, Hobart Town Hall Underground, representing Constance ARI, Hobart
  • Contributor to Uwe ka lani, Ola ka honua 2021 (When the heavens weep, the earth lives) Kaili Chun, APT10 GOMA, Brisbane


  • Water Rites, representing ACE Open, Tarnanthi Festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Contemporary Art, Adelaide
  • Her Beauty and Her Terror, Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, Brisbane
  • Whose time are we on? ‘Slow moving waters,’ TarraWarra Biennial 2021, Melbourne
  • QCA HDR Represent: A 2021 retrospective, POP Gallery, Brisbane


  • Uterine Bag series, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston
  • her, Milani Gallery CARPARK, Brisbane
  • Strike at the foundation, Rite of Passage exhibition, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane
  • 52proposalsforthe20s, Maria Lind’s Instagram project in collaboration with D Harding



  • Around and Within, Macquarie Bank Art Collection, Space Gallery, Barangaroo, Sydney
  • Unleashed, Artisan, Brisbane
  • Converse, Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space, Brisbane
  • Speaking Beyond the Vitrine, Metro Arts, Brisbane
  • Holes in History, Hatched, National Graduate Art Show, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), Perth
  • Continuing Culture, Maiwar Festival, Art Space Vitrines, Queen & Edward Streets, Elizabeth & Edward Streets, Brisbane CBD


  • Flying Arts Exhibition, Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane
  • Challenging the Aesthetics of Mythic Identity, ‘Continuum’, Queensland College of Art Honours graduate showcase, Brisbane


  • Sculpture 16, Queensland College of Art graduate showcase, Brisbane
  • Contributor to Art of the Skins, Possum Skin Cloak Project, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane
  • A Unified Field, Art from the Margins, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
  • Kultcha, Jugglers Artspace, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane 


  • In the matter of…., Blak History Month, St Andrews War Memorial Hospital, Brisbane


  • Away from Country, Project Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane


Prizes / Awards 

2021 Finalist, 15 Artists, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Brisbane
2019 Finalist, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 2019, Sydney
2018 Finalist, Hatched, National Graduate Art Show, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth
2017 Griffith University Medal for Outstanding Academic Excellence, Brisbane
2017 Winner, St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital Award for Artistic Merit, Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), Brisbane
2011 Finalist, Moreton Bay Regional Art Awards, Brisbane



2022 Residency Taiwan, Grounded in place, Queensland University of Technology
2022 Residency Sydney: rīvus Sydney Biennale
2022 Delegate: Australia Council Biennale Delegates Program
2022 ‘Recognising connections with respect,’ Monash University cultural exchange (2), Sarina, north-Queensland
2021 Open studio – BAD (Brisbane Art & Design) 2021 Festival , Brisbane
2021 Griffith University, Hope Street Artist Residency, Brisbane
2020 Griffith University, Hope Street Artist Residency, Brisbane
2020 Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Kings Cottage studio residency, Launceston
2020 ‘Recognising connections with respect,’ Monash University cultural exchange (1), Sarina, north-Queensland
2018 Australia Council Innovation Lab 2018: Sydney
2018 Australia Council Innovation Lab 2018: Hobart



2021 Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston
2017 St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, Brisbane


Public Art

2017 – 2021 Challenging the Aesthetics of Mythic Identity (digital image), Queensland College of Art Undercroft, Griffith University, Brisbane
2018 Continuing Culture (sculptural installations), Maiwar Festival, Brisbane CBD Art Space Vitrines, Corner Queen & Edward Street, Corner Elizabeth & Edward Streets, Brisbane City Council


Media Events 

2022:    Woven, ABC conducted interview to contribute my voice to musical lyrics of classical cross-over composition with Emily Sheppard, Claire Taylor and others of Van Diemen’s Band, Tasmania

2022:  Ground into Place, written paper for Pacific Journal (peer reviewed) 

2022:  Speaking within the kelp, written paper for Un Magazine, Un Projects Inc., Melbourne 

December 2021: Artlink Indigenous “Visualising Sovereignty,’ Review of Water Rites, Lady Shania Richards

7 – 9 October 2021: Participant: QUT Symposium – Grounded in Place: Dialogues Between First Nation Artists in Australia, Taiwan, and Aotearoa

28 – 29 August 2021: The Mercury Weekender (Tasmania), ‘Shaking things up,’ QVMAG, Launceston

14 August 2021: The Mercury (Tasmania), ‘New permanent collection,’ QVMAG, Launceston

25 March 2021: First Look: Inside the 7th TarraWarra Biennial;,

23 November 2020: Interview – Examiner newspaper, re Uterine Bag Show, Launceston

2020: Editorial Assistant, Gordon Bennett: Selected Writings, Published by Power Publications and Griffith University Art Museum

December 2019: Interview with Ed Ayres: The Art Show, ABC Radio National:

July 2019: Interview with Daniel Browning: AWAYE, ABC Radio National:

December 2019: WIN News, Tasmania

December 2019: Justine Youssef and Mandy Quadrio in conversation, NAVA Podcast:

Art Guide 2019: “Artist Run Initiatives take over Hobart in Hobiennale,”

July 2018: Review of Hatched exhibition, PICA, Pelican magazine

May 2018: Interview – Koori Mail re Hatched exhibition, Perth

2018: Interview – Radio TalkBlak Program, BBM 98.7 FM Cairns, re Metro Arts exhibition

2018: Interview – Radio Goolarri, 6GME 99.7 FM Broome, W.A re Metro Arts exhibition

2018: Online magazine interview by Tianey Miekus, Art Guide Australia, re Metro Arts exhibition