NT Artist, Visual Arts Northern Territory
Aly de Groot


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Historic Audit House hosts a new solo exhibition from Darwin-based artist Aly de Groot.

When Aly first travelled to Darwin in 1995, she had the incredible experience of spending time in the water with an injured whale at Bundilla Beach. Holding the creature in her arms, this moment featured on the front page of the NT News and has instilled in the artist a deep fascination with the sea and sea-creatures. She recently discovered that MAGNT hold the remains of this whale for scientific reference. As an artist in residence there in early 2022 Aly had the rare opportunity to access and creatively respond to their rich natural sciences collection, including her beloved whale.

Aly de Groot is a Darwin-based artist whose multi-disciplinary arts practice includes the use of basketry, textiles, sculpture and cyanotype (sun-printing) processes to celebrate the unique fauna and fauna of Northern Australia. Empathy for marine life and the environmental challenges faced today are at the core of her creative agenda, expressed through woven forms and works on paper which reflect and resemble the delicate sea creatures and fragile marine eco-systems that inspire her arts practice.

  • Main image Aly de Groot, Baby Sea Turtle, 2022, cyanotype (sun-print) on recycled cotton rag paper. Photo by Fiona Morrison
  • Additional image Aly de Groot, Whale Bones, 2022, cyanotype ( sun-print) on recycled cotton rag paper. Photo by Fiona Morrison

Supported by Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, ArtsNT and National Trust NT

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