Dulcie Stewart is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher, and family historian. Informed by her personal history as well as her cultural heritage, Dulcie’s work draws on archival material to explore the complexities of mixed-race experiences in Fiji and the diaspora. Using a wide variety of media, Dulcie presents viewers with alternative ways of looking at the dominant Western narratives by re-framing the stories written about our past.
She was one of the founding members of Red Wave Collective, an artist collective that was based at the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies at The University of the South Pacific. The Collective was formed in 1998 after a workshop by New Zealand based Niuean artist John Pule, under the guidance of Oceania Centre Director, Pacific philosopher and academic, the late Professor ‘Epeli Hau’ofa. She was an artist-in-residence at the Oceania Centre from 1998 to 2001.
Dulcie has worked in libraries in Fiji and Australia for the last 17 years and is currently responsible for cataloguing digitised cultural heritage materials and making them accessible online at a Queensland university. She is the lead researcher for The Veiqia Project, the creative research project inspired by the practice of Fijian female tattooing.
Current location: Brisbane, Australia. I am living and making art on the land of the first and continuing custodians, the Turrbal, Jagarra and Quandamooka people. I respectfully acknowledge their elders past and present and the living communities of today.
- Wantok curated by Luisa Tora. Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, Aotearoa New Zealand. 8 December 2018 – 28 April 2019.
- Era yalovata na marama, The Veiqia Project and Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2018-2019. This program is funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and Creative NZ.
CURRENTLY WORKING ON
- Fiji Family History Archives, a curated online database of 18th and 19th century Fiji from a family history perspective