Profile – Saretta Art & Design

Profile

My name is Saretta Fielding and I am a Wonaruah woman.

I was born in Sydney to an Aboriginal father of the Wonaruah people and a European mother. I have enjoyed the benefit of growing up within a large and close knit extended family and much of my work is influenced by family connection and relationships.

I consider Lake Macquarie my home and am greatly influenced by the beauty of this country in my Artwork.

Growing up alongside Lake Macquarie, surrounded by the bush lands of the Watagan Mountains and the wonderful beaches of our coastline has given me the best nature has to offer.

A pioneering member of Yarnteen, I was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2009, prior to this I held senior management positions in both the Awabakal Aboriginal Co-operative and Yarnteen College, as well as playing an active role as a business partner in a family business. In 2010 I launched my art business, to accommodate the commercial success of my artwork.

I am passionate and committed to seeing the Aboriginal community advance towards economic and social inclusion. I believe that through unity, vision and planning, we can achieve a sustainable future that embraces reconciliation and is rich in economic opportunity.

I have always painted, drawn and experimented in a variety of art mediums, as art has long been a passion for me. I love the challenge of conveying to others, through art, how I am influenced by people, life experiences and natures beauty.

Reflective in style to many traditional artworks found throughout the Hunter Region and Wonaruah country, my artworks are connected to country in style and design through the use of a sand based medium.  The highly textured pieces embody the age old sandstone engraved artworks created by our ancestors and add a whole new dimension to the works.

"In my artwork, I aim to evoke emotion, enhance connection to spirit and country, and invite the viewer to ponder and experience something new."

 

Current Galleries

Art Achievements

  • Max Employment 'Our Communities' Indigenous Art Competition, Winner - 2016
  • Weston Art Prize, Highly Commended - 2016
  • Hunter New England Health, Royal Newcastle Centre North and South Block Public Artwork - 2016
  • Finalist MAX Employment Indigenous Art Competition - 2015, 2016
  • AFL Dreamtime Round Umpire Uniforms - 2015
  • Coal & Allied Singleton Art Prize Indigenous, Second Place – 2015
  • Ray-Ban Global Indigenous Special Edition Wayfarers Competition Winner - 2014
  • Coal & Allied Singleton Art Prize Indigenous, Winner - 2014
  • Relationships Australia – NSW Art Logo Competition, Winner - 2014
  • Family & Community Services Logo, Koori Connections - 2014
  • Family & Community Services Logo, Disability Links - 2014
  • NSW Forestry Logo Competition, Winner – 2013
  • Wollombi Art Prize Indigenous, Winner - 2013
  • John Hunter Hospital Maternity K2 Mural, Winner - 2013
  • Taronga Zoo Wild Rhino National Competition, Winner - 2013
  • National Park and Wildlife, Logo/style guide Winner - 2012
  • Lockhart Art Festival – Indigenous Winner - 2012
  • National Parks & Wildlife Indigenous Artist – 2011
  • Commended NAIDOC Entrant - 2008

Exhibition History

  • Our Communities NSW Parliament Gallery, MAX Employment - 2016
  • Norton Rose Fulbright, Sydney - 2016
  • Home Exhibition with Damian Smith - 2016
  • Supply Nation 'Connect', Sydney - 2016
  • Signature by RAWartist.org, Newcastle - 2016
  • Cessnock Regional Art Galley – 2010 - 2016
  • John Hunter Hospital Arts for Health NAIDOC Exhibition - 2013 - 2016
  • WUPA Indigenous Art Exhibition 2010 - 2016 held in the Hunter Valley venues including:
    • Tempus Two Vineyard
    • Hunter Valley Gardens
    • Hunter Valley Resort
    • Crowne Plaza - Hunter Valley
    • Sebal - Kirkton Park
  • Ninkinpa Solo Exhibition, Yamuloong Centre – 2015
  • Hope Estate, Campfire Festival – Hunter Valley - 2015
  • Excellence Centre Sydney MAX Employment Exhibition - 2015
  • Dheo-ka Exhibition –  2013, 2014, 2015
  • Free Spirit Galley Exhibition - 2013, 2014, 2015
  • 3 Village Art Festival - 2014
  • Maitland Hospital Exhibition – 2012 - 2014
  • Newcastle Wetlands Centre – 2013
  • Lockhart Art Festival - 2012
  • TAFE NSW Karama Exhibition, TAFE Gallery Newcastle - 2012
  • San Francisco Solo Exhibition - 2010
  • University of Newcastle – 2010 - 2012
  • National Home Ware Exhibition – Olympic Park, Sydney 2009 - 2011
  • Port Stephens Art Gallery, NAIDOC Exhibition - 2009
  • Australia Day Exhibition, Honey Suckle Newcastle Foreshore - 2007
  • International Ice Hockey Tournament Indigenous Art Exhibition - 2007

Public Foyer Representation

  • Royal Newcastle Centre - John Hunter Hospital
  • Calvary Mater Hospital
  • St Vincent Hospital Sydney
  • Charlton Christian College
  • Raymond Terrace Medical Centre
  • CanTeen Hunter offices
  • Relationships Australia Head Office Sydney
  • Luxottica Australia/Pacifica Head Office Sydney – Reception
  • Graincorp Australia Head Office Sydney Offices
  • Life Without Barriers Newcastle Office
  • Newcastle City Council Reception
  • Charlestown Youth Centre Foyer
  • John Hunter Hospital Wards K2, K3 and Maternity Outpatience.
  • Yarnteen Ltd Head Office - Yamuloong
  • Indigenous Youth Mobility Program Foyer - Newcastle
  • Taronga Zoo Commission - Gates of the City of Dubbo
  • Hunter New England Health Birra Li Offices - Newcastle
  • Hunter New England Health - Toronto Poly Clinic
  • Yamuloong Centre
  • The Boulevarde Family Practice

Publications

  • Saretta Art & Design Artwork storybook - 2015
  • Max Employment Indigenous Calendar - 2015
  • AFL Close the Gap Umpire Guernsey - 2015
  • Native Title Annual Report - 2014
  • Newcastle Knights - 100% Knights Employment Logo
  • Family and Community Services Koori Kinnections program icons
  • Family and Community Services Aboriginal Strategy - 2013-15
  • TAFE NSW Karama Exhibition Invitation - 2012
  • Life without Barriers Reconciliation Action Plan
  • Graincorp Australia Reconciliation Action Plan
  • Newcastle City Council Employment Strategy
  • Newcastle University Wollotuka Annual Report - 2011
  • National Parks & Wildlife Worimi Conservation lands Brochure, Beach Vehicle Permit, Posters, Signage
  • Forestry Corporation of NSW Aboriginal style guide logo/Uniforms

Donations