Mooro Katta

Jo Darvall

Mooro Katta has been a meeting place for Aboriginal people for thousands of years, this area became a park two years after settlement of the Swan River Colony in 1829 and in 1872 175 ha of the reserve became a Public Park called Perth Park but then latter on became Kings Park because of our obsession with the royal family in England, our personal insecurity’s, a lack of understanding and ignorance of our own history. The series of works Mooro Katta are an attempt to devlope a new understanding of a culturally significant and powerful area that remains a special place for every one to share and enjoy.

Originally from Melbourne, Darvall studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, receiving a BA in Fine Art in 1998. She established the Artists for Kids Culture Trust with fellow Roar Artists in the 1990s, Jo worked with Master Printer Kim Westcott and had a studio at the Australian Print Workshop in Melbourne. In 2015 she was awarded the Mandjar Corporate Art Award and City of Belmont Open Art Award. She received funding from the Department of Culture and the Arts in 2016 and 2017 to stage her exhibitions in, at the Australian High Commission, Singapore and in a private museum in China. Her artwork features in ArtBank, Holmes a Court, WA Water Corporation, Perth Crown Towers, WA Children’s Hospital and Credit Suisse art collections in Australia, and private collections in New York, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore and China. In 2016 Darvall was invited to undertake a residency in Donnally River WA, and in 2017 a residency at INSTINC in Singapore. Darvall has been invited to the 2019 Bunbury Biennale.

Darvall is represented by Artforum Gallery Singapore, Linton and Kay Fine Art Gallery Perth, Studio Gallery Yallingup, PG Print Gallery Melbourne, Rochfort Gallery Sydney.

Image courtesy of the artist