Shannon Brett is a descendant of the Wakka Wakka, Butchulla and Gurang Gurang clans of southern Queensland and is also of German and Sri Lankan heritage.
Brett is an interdisciplinary artist who creates and designs artworks indicative of their experiences as an Aboriginal person living and surviving in modern, urban 'Australian' society.
Technically trained in fashion design, graphic & web design, music production,
animation, theatre and film, Brett also holds a Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art; Fine Art & Photography via the Queensland College of Art – Griffith University.
Brett also works extensively as an independent art curator, writer, trainer and arts manager, motivated by art that operates at the juncture of cultural politics and visual practice. Additionally, Brett maintains their position on the Editorial Board for Garland Magazine and focuses on issues that are close to heart, which are the survival, integrity and humility of Indigenous peoples.
They are currently undertaking PhD exploring specific contexts such as black feminism, colonisation, First Nations deaths in custody, plants/land/Country, and methodologies of decolonisation. The research targets the cause and effects of racist, white supremacist, patriarchal actions and aims to contribute to national and international cultural discourse as a new resource which addresses hate and race politics.