Mooney - Still Thriving, Still Here

Dylan MOONEY, Still Thriving, Still Here, 2023, digital animation with sound, 2:37 minutes, edition 3/5. Purchased for Boola Katitjin in 2023, Murdoch University Art Collection.

  Boola Katitjin: Level 3, Breezeway South (on rotation)


Born 1995, Mackay, Queensland

Lives and works in Brisbane, Queensland

Dylan Mooney is a proud Yuwi, Torres Strait and South Sea Islander man working across painting, printmaking, digital illustration and drawing. Armed with a rich cultural upbringing, Mooney now translates the knowledge and stories passed down to him, through art. Legally blind, the digital medium’s backlit display allows the artist to produce a high-impact illustrative style with bright, saturated colour that reflects his experiences with keen political energy and insight. 
Dylan is among artists who are rethinking digital technologies and artistic practices to consider contemporary issues around identity, desire and representation. Interested in the ways in which we can reframe the conversation around some of the voices that have been left out, the artist has made an important body of work that embodies a shift in representation of queer love among people of colour.

In Still Thriving, Still Here Dylan draws on his own experiences as a queer Indigenous man, shining a light on the joy and solidarity that is the cornerstone of his communities. Mooney comments: “My artwork is about lived experiences and the love we have for one another, showing our thriving resilience and survival, growing through all these obstacles and hurdles.”