August 20, 2021

Anny Bargo : Dragonfly Dreaming

“I don’t really have a plan when I start a piece – it just happens.  I see a colour, then shapes and then the dragonfly appears, taking its rightful place in the totality of the picture.”

At the entrance of our Main Ward Block, at Northern Hospital Epping, you can find an exquisite series of artworks by Anny Bargo aka Antoinette Braybrook, that bring both colour and drama to the foyer.

Anny serves as CEO of Djirra. Djirra (the Woiwurrung word for the reed used by Wurundjeri women for basket weaving) provides support to Aboriginal people who are currently experiencing family violence or have in the past.

She was born and has lived in Victoria on Wurundjeri country all of her life. Says Anny, “My family line is to Kuku Yalanji in Far North Queensland, through my grandfather, Billy Bargo and my mum, Wanda Bargo (Braybrook). Dragonfly is our dreaming. ”

It was COVID-19 and the lockdown in Melbourne last year that gave her the opportunity to take some time out from her 18 – year role as CEO of Djirra. It was during this time that she found Dragonfly Dreaming and her journey began.

To date, Anny has created over 40 stories on canvas. Every one of them has a dragonfly or several – sometimes prominent, but other times not.

Vikky Brown, who works at Reception says, she constantly has visitors asking her about the artworks and finds them really beautiful.

Read on for the inspiration behind this beautiful art by Anny.

Dragonfly Dreaming – my journey – Meeting for a yarn – family © Dragonfly travels across the land, over the hills and along the river to meet with others to share stories of their journey.
Dragonfly Dreaming – My Journey – Wild Wreath Flowers from the Sky © Inspired by photos a friend once showed me many years ago when they visited the wild wreath flowers in Western Australia, Dragonfly dances enjoying the color of the night.
Dragonfly Dreaming – My Journey – Tree of life © Inspired by the beautiful swirls on the trunk of the tree and the secrets it holds and stories it tells. The flowers and the raindrops and the golden sun beaming on its side while Dragonfly dances.
Dragonly Dreaming – My Journey – Beautiful Storm © Dragonfly powers through the storm taking the right path creating songlines for others to follow.

You can follow Anny on Instagram at @annybargo_art or antoinette_braybrook.