Sharyn Egan is a Nyoongar woman born in 1957 in Subiaco, Western Australia. One of the Stolen Generations, she was removed from her family at age three and placed in the New Norcia Mission until the age of 13. She was never reunited with her parents.
Sharyns arts practice began at the age of 37. The themes of Sharyn’s work are informed by the experiences of her life as a Nyoongar woman. Sharyn works in a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture and woven forms using traditional and contemporary fibres. Her woven works include traditionally styled contemporary forms and baskets, as well as sculptural forms often based on flora and fauna that has totemic significance for the Nyoongar people.
She works predominantly in oils, ochres, resins and natural fibres exploring her experience growing up in New Norcia and commenting upon the associated trauma, emotions and a deep sense of loss and displacement experienced by Aboriginal people.