Konstantina (Kate Constantine) is a proud Gadigal woman of the Eora nation and a contemporary Indigenous artist. She reimagines the artistic traditions of her people and provides a modern narrative for all Australians to better understand First Nations People as the fabric of Australia.
As a descendant of the Gadigal people, Konstantina is passionate about her language, culture and history,much of which has been lost,misplaced,or manipulated since the dawn of Colonisation. Through her extensive research, Kate relays the truthful histories of her people and is actively involved in revitalising the Gadigal language through her relationship with Professor Jaky Troy at Sydney University to breathe life into the sleeping native tongue of the Eora Nation.
In a contemporary take of traditional dot painting, the artist’s work connects to Country by recounting these histories, weaving in her personal experiences – the struggles, inspirations, challenges, and daily turmoils of motherhood while leading the life of a storyteller, creative, woman and, above all, an Aboriginal person connected to the land, animals, and spirit of our Country.
Using acrylics, ochre, natural pigments and sticks found on mother Earth she sits quietly for hours producing works on paper, canvas and at scale for public art projects. She now resides with her husband and three young children on Bundjalung Country where she is inspired by the nature that surrounds her and her sons.
Kate is a board member of the Aboriginal Art Association of Australia (AAAA), which represents the interests and amplifies the voices of all Aboriginal artists and galleries.