Lessons from my favourite artists

My name is Abbey Haberecht. I’m an Aboriginal/Italian mixed media artist based in Sydney and I work at the Art Gallery of NSW as an Indigenous educator.

In 2017, my work Self-portrait (but I don’t fit the stereotype)was exhibited at the Gallery in ARTEXPRESS. I recently completed a Bachelor of Photography and Situated Media at The University of Technology, Sydney. Looking at art has taught me important lessons about making art. Here are some of them. 

Abbey Haberecht, Self portrait

Abbey Haberecht Self-portrait (but I don’t fit the stereotype) 2017 (detail)

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Vincent Fantauzzo Heath 2008. Art Gallery of New South Wales, gift of the artist and Sally Bell 2008. © Vincent Fantauzzo

Dramatic lighting and eye contact. Make art that looks back at its viewer. 

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Wally Wilfred Dhyakiyarr vs The King 2018. Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased with funds provided by Vicki Olsson 2019. © Wally Wilfred

Don’t be scared of horrific histories. Learn and pass the knowledge on. 

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Gunyibi Ganambarr Gapu 2017 (detail). Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased with funds provided by Rob and Jane Woods 2017. © Gunybi Ganambarr

Clan designs in industrial rubber. Embrace the new while staying true to tradition. 

Destiny Deacon Over the Fence from the series Sad & Bad

Destiny Deacon Over the fence 2000. Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased with funds provided by the Photography Collection Benefactors’ Program 2001. © Destiny Deacon. Licensed by Copyright Agency

Playful props telling tough stories. Push beyond the comfort zone. 

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Sidney Nolan The camp 1946. Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased 1978. © The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust/DACS. Licensed by Copyright Agency

Look at old stories through new eyes – like Sidney Nolan, reimagining Ned Kelly. 

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Richard Bell Pay the rent 2009. Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased 2010. © Richard Bell, courtesy Milani Gallery, Brisbane

A land rights poster reinvented as a painting. Make your art stand for something.