The Story of GUNDUY by Kat Bell
Artist, Writer, Illustrator
Proud Gudjula & Girramay Woman
Sometimes I'm a little quirky...
I am Australian First Nation Artist & Writer based in the Riverland, South Australia. I hail from North Queensland (my people and culture are Gudjula and Girramay) and I draw a lot of my inspiration from my culture, people's stories, and experiences.
Creating, crafting, arting, making...whatever you want to call it...it's my life. I live and breathe creativity 24/7. I've been creating for as long as I can remember, but it has not always been my primary career focus. For far too many years I followed a rather taxing management career. The fruits of my labour in that life were things that ultimately cost me my health and my sense of self. It took me a long time to rediscover my love of art and to fully understand its importance in my life and that it was not just a hobby, it was my core, what I was meant to be doing. Finding my path again, I now pursue my art practice full time from my little backyard shed in regional South Aus. From here I experiment with painting, illustrating, digital media, weaving, embroidery, crochet, jewelry-making, creative writing, and much much more. The imagination knows no bounds. At my side are often two very chatty companions: my fat dog (an overweight chihuahua). On occasion, I am visited by my loving husband and my wonderful son, and our two other chihuahuas, who are quickly ushered out of my space by my fat dog (who sees me as his 'hooman').
My artistic practice is an ongoing exploration, unfolding, intertwining tale of my Aboriginal culture, stories, and experiences along with all the wonderful, inspiring, and intriguing things that venture into my life. I've lived a life of many journeys taken across our beautiful planet to far away and nearby places. These journeys feed my imagination and from them I create.
Stay tuned though for more about me as my creative journey takes twists and turned in many different ways. I will now and then add to my story through my blog at https://www.gunduybykatbell.com/blog
and my Instagram page @
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Reaching out to others in times of need is difficult. But here is where I put aside all pride and allow others to help out if they wish and are able to. Why is your support needed? Well, simply put, my art is my only source of income. It is how I eat, gain essential health care and am able to continue creating my art. With your support I can not only live, I can buy the resources to continue to make the art that you enjoy. If you wish to support my creative endeavours you can contribute whatever amount feels right for you. With hand on heart I thank you for your support.