Sandra Delaney
Sandra Delaney Artwork

Sandra Delaney is a descendant of the Quandamooka people of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. The people of the sand and seas, Yoolooburrabee.

Sandra comes from a well-respected family who lived at One Mile along the creek until her family moved to the western Quandamooka area of Wynnum in the 1950s. In 1980, Sandra and her family moved to Cleveland. Sandra has been actively involved in Aboriginal affairs particularly in her own community for many years.

Sandra has also been a researcher and storyteller through her activeinvolvement and support of community initiatives. Sandra has a strong interest in researching family and Quandamooka histories and strengthening knowledge about culture and language. In 1996, Sandra completed a Master of Arts (Aboriginal Studies) research degree that documented her family’s connection to Quandamooka. Consequently, Sandra has worked as a program officer researching family histories for Queensland Indigenous peoples. She strongly believes that community and children can maintain their links with their ancestors and nurture their connection to country through stories and language and connecting with family, community and country.

Artist Statement -– Sandra Delaney

My art practice represents a move by myself as a Quandamooka woman to pass on knowledge and learning about what was passed on by my Elders and what was taught to me and observed growing up on Quandamooka country. My purpose is to locate myself and my art from a Quandamooka lens.

As an artist, I work hard to develop paintings that speak both to me and to others about the beauty that exists Quandamooka lands and waters and to depict new interpretations of the region's creation stories in a quintessential expression of my connection to country. My paintings are a narrative of what presented in my memories and experiences. My colourful paintings relate scenes from childhood memories and stories and they look at community life and traditions.

I have undertaken a developmental approach which has allowed me to experiment and work through particular aspects of themes relating to country. I use of lines and textures such as sand and shells, circles and dots in my artwork to create visual stories, and to also interpret di fferent aspects of country, flora and fauna allowing me to explore creative energies in a cultural journey of discovery for all to take part in.