Meet the Artist

Title of Artwork – Keeping Community and Country Strong

Catherine Bynder nee Green was born in Mt Magnet in 1954. Catherine is often called Cathy. Cathy’s mother is Dorothy Jones but was raised by my second mother Margaret Green nee Papertalk. Cathy’s father is Charles Arthur Green. Cathy is a proud cultural woman of Noongar, Yamaji and Badamia descent.

Cathy’s noongar family comes from Kendenup near Mt Barker of the Albany region. Charles Rawson is Cathy’s grandfather and her grandmother is Edith Clinch. Annie Mason is Charlie Rawson’s mother and Cathy’s great grandmother is Franny Harris. Dorothy Jones’ mother is Martha Williams and Cathy’s great grandparents are Theresa Indich and Charles Williams from York, Northam and Albany areas. Cathy grew up in Mt Magnet and Mullewa.

Cathy married Michael Bynder and after a short stay around Carnamah and Three Springs area moved to Perth in 1984 where she worked with children in early education, schools and the Noongar Kindy at Langford for over 20 years and later for Best Start, an Aboriginal Early Years program. During this time Cathy has been member of Langford Aboriginal Association (LAA) and is well known in the community and often called Nanna Cathy. Cathy says “I feel that I am connected to my people from all Aboriginal walks of life. Painting has been a passion of mine since childhood. Sitting in the dirt and sand on our waterways drawing with sticks and stones. I enjoy the colours of the land and often use the brightest in my art. I believe our artwork comes from the spirit within. Through our old people we create”.

This painting “Keeping Community and Country Strong” expresses a strong cultural and spiritual connection to land, sea, sky and rivers and a place of help and healing.
The centre circle represents the Noongar Charitable Trust. A place of support, spiritually both physically and mentally towards a healthy happy lifestyle. The inner circles represents the Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations across Noongar country. The outer closed sections represent the six Noongar regions. All curved lines and pathways are connected to land, sea, waterholes, rivers and sky, on Noongar country. Pathways lead to help ……….. for the relief of poverty, hardship and crisis; assistance with education, employment, training, communication, housing, for children, youth, Elders and cultural practice. Outer circles and dots represent all Noongar people from all six regions who are entitled to seek help from the Noongar Charitable Trust.