Linda Ogonowski


Linda Ogonowski is a neurodivergent visual artist and designer who has been drawing and creating things since she was a small child. Ogonowski enjoys painting, drawing, sculpting, photography, making props and costumes.

She has worked on several student and independent film and theatre productions by turns as a costumier, assistant designer, art assistant, set-decorator, set designer, scenic artist and graphic designer.

She was a voluntary scenic painter for “The Ladykillers”, Terry Prachett’s “Feet of Clay”, for “The Pillowman”, “Ladies in Black”, and “SPAMALOT,” at the Brisbane Arts Theatre; for “The Pirates of Penzance,” produced by Lynch & Paterson; and a voluntary scenic painter on the Redcliffe Musical Theatre Company’s production of “MAMMA MIA.” She recently completed a set design for a production of Roald Dahl’s “The Twits”, at the Brisbane Arts Theatre (also operating as set decorator/scenic artist).

Ogonowski was born in Germany in 1980, and migrated to Australia in 1982. A fear of marionette dolls developed into a fascination for puppets and stop-motion animation.

In 1998 her HSC painting, “Alice for Afternoon Tea”, was selected for ARTEXPRESS and purchased by the Department of Education and Training and in 2002 she completed a BFA at the National Art School. In 2004 the same ARTEXPRESS work was chosen for promotional purposes for a 30-year anniversary exhibition of ARTEXPRESS.

In 2010, she completed three months of a Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Properties) course at NIDA; studied Film and Graphic Design at Armidale TAFE in 2013-2015, and in 2016 completed a Diploma of Live Production Design at Enmore Design Centre, Sydney; and a Statement of Attainment in Alumni Costume for Stage at the Design Centre in Enmore, Sydney in 2017.

She has participated in several group exhibitions through Accessible Arts’ FrontUp EMERGE program (including the Ideas’ Platform: “Ugly” exhibition at ArtSpace in 2018). She has given a talk at AGNSW and had a video piece on display there as part of the GOG! FrontUp launch in 2018. Most recently, she had her mixed media sculpture, “Artist as Dead Weight,” on display as part of the “International Day of People with Disability,” in the AGNSW’s function room.

She is also preparing to illustrate a collection of her partner’s short stories and is working on a portrait commission for a friend.