Libby Harward is a Quandamooka artist of Moreton Bay in Queensland, and a descendent of the Ngugi people from Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) living on Yugambeh Country, the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
She began her career as a solo street artist under the pseudonym ‘Mz Murri Cod’ in 2003, continuing, through her personal art practice to deepen her connection with her Indigenous culture.
Libby still works under the pseudonym of ‘Mz Murricod’ in her Graffiti art practise however her new aerosol works have been strongly informed by her more recent conceptual ephemeral earth based practice. Documented in film and still image, Libby works in an intertidal zone where she is within a continual process of re-calling – re-hearing – re-mapping – re-contextualising – de-colonising and re-instating on country that which was denied.
Her solo work has predominated on mainland country, where she resides, that has become highly urbanised and calls for an artistic response that seeks to uncover and reinstate the cultural significance of that place, which always was, and remains, there. Her artistic process engages traditional custodians in the evolution of her work.
Since completing a Creative Arts Degree in 2000, Libby has worked as an arts worker, social change arts worker, arts in health worker, therapeutic artist, youth worker, community health worker and creative collaborator.
She is currently the Creative Director of Creative Inclusive and a lead mentor for emerging artists through DRASTIC Artists Run Initiative (a group specialising in youth health and wellbeing through the arts). Both initiatives operate on the Gold Coast and expand into, the South-East Queensland, and northern New South Wales region. Through her community art projects and large mural work, Libby has also worked in Northern Territory and the Torres Strait, predominately with young people using theatre and visual arts to assist their expressions of identity and/or re-connections to country and culture.
Libby has a strong commitment to strengthening community work. Over the past decade she has included and developed her community and cross – cultural consultations practices during both commercial and familial art projects with successful outcomes that are unique and reflective of each community and their cultural expression. The focus of this work has been on sharing stories of strength and pride on walls, buildings and under bridges, within cultural institutional contexts in partnership with state and national museums in Brisbane and Canberra.
Libby’s therapeutic arts focus is about exploring connection and relationship with a focus on first nation knowledges as well as neurobiology, attachment and trauma integration. Her work is about relationships and connection with people, with country and with culture. She is extremely passionate about providing opportunities for people to explore their potential using strength based principles with a strong focus on inclusivity.