JAJA is a Wiradjuri visual artist ablaze with the exploration of how we move forward and believes an epic part of decolonising our systems is the internal revolution, a deep commitment to accountability and transparency. Systemic racism continues to perpetuate trauma for our people and our lands. The system is cracking and it is up to all of us to listen deeply. It is time to evolve into what is not only possible, but necessary. Driven by the exploration of self and identity along her matrifocal bloodline and the dormant layers of grief for her matri-ancestral kin, JAJA pays homage to her grandmother Martha Hamlin and the women that came before her. 

JAJA’s visual arts work reflects matrifocal ancestry lines, identity, country, trauma patterns and systemic racism. Vividly textured artworks are developed by fusing symbolic gestures, typography and primal markings to create the notion of palimpsest; representing the embedded layers of the rich and traumatic history of the government’s enforcement of assimilation policies in their pursuit for genocide and a uniformed so-called white Australian culture.
2019 | Malka Aboriginal Art Prize | Winner | Barngarla/Port Augusta
2019 | NAIDOC Show | Jonas Jaja Aboriginal Art Gallery | Barngarla/Flinders Ranges [Group Show]
2016 | National Indigenous Music Awards | Winner of the Album Cover Art of the Year
2016 | Assimilation Byproduct | Araluen Arts Centre | Mparntwe/Alice Springs [Solo Show]
2012 | One | Blak Dot Gallery | Naarm/Melbourne [Group Show]
2011 | Fringe Festival | Blak Dot Gallery | Naarm/Melbourne [Group Show]
2011 | Exhibition | Double Bassment | Bundjalung/Byron [Collaboration]