Born in Pacific Northwest, America Zom Osborne grew up in a nature loving family who frequently went on camping trips in the nearby mountain ranges. At 26 Zom emigrated to Australia where she received her Post-Graduate degree in Visual Arts from COFA in Sydney and then went on to four years of study to attain a Certificate of Achievement in Classical Drawing and Painting from the Studio Art School. Zom now lives with her husband in an intentional community they helped to create on 80 acres of rainforest in Northern NSW.
“I am a narrative artist fascinated by the symbolic, archetypal and mythical. I have worked in different mediums over the years, but it is drawing that is the backbone of all of my work. And a belief that it is the artist’s responsibility to make the invisible visible.
The majority of these paintings are from a series called ‘A New World’ that I finished a few months before the pandemic began. They are set in a Post-Apocalyptic world and the message is meant to be mostly comforting. They contain North American and Australian animals and settings – as both countries are my home. They wear uniforms from a time when Europeans invaded the indigenous lands and precipitated vast changes to country and culture. The guardian figures wear the uniforms of the colonist invaders as a metaphor for transformation of a violent and materialistic culture. They have taken the power and are creating a new world” – Zom Osborne