The prints, paintings and sculptures of GW Bot engage with the environment in a topographic and metaphysical sense, and are often interpreted as an allegory for a personís passage through life. Typically, Botís work features strong silhouettes, a natural colour palette, course visual texture and complex, rhythmic patterns and glyphs. These glyphs are symbols of natural elements that communicate Botís bond with the Australian landscape, forming a unique language for her to employ intuitively. Printmaking is Botís primary medium, and her use of the linocut allows for flexibility of line and intricate repetition of pattern. GW Bot draws her exhibiting name from a French document citing the earliest written reference to a wombat or Ďle grand Wam Botí. Her decision to adopt this reference to the wombat as her namesake stems from her appreciation of Aborginal totemic belief, where each member of a clan inherits a totemic relationship with a particular plant or animal of the region. In all variations of her work, GW Bot marries a mastery of technique with unlimited creativity and intuitive sensitivity.
GW Bot studied art in London, Paris and Australia, graduating from the Australian National University in 1982. She has been a full-time artist since 1985 and has held a plethora of solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Manila. She is represented in over one hundred public collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Albertina, Vienna, British Museum, London; British Library, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; and Fogg Museum of Fine Arts, Harvard University, USA. GW Bot is also represented in numerous Australian regional public galleries, major corporate collections, as well as domestic and international tertiary, college and academy art collections.