Tori-Jay Mordey is an established Indigenous Australian illustrator and artist based in Brisbane. Growing up she openly shared both her Torres Strait Islander and English heritage, which is often reflected in her contemporary Indigenous art practice producing work based around her family and siblings as a way of understanding herself, her appearance and racial identity.
Tori-Jay also produces a lot illustrative work that conceptually explore deeper human emotions – these works are often drawn as longingly expressive, exaggerated cartoon characters. Over the years Tori-Jay has hone her skills in digital illustration, drawing, painting, printmaking and film while also expanding her skills as a mural artist.
Her most well-known works include: working as a featured artist for SBS on an interactive web documentary called K’GARI (2017), designing and assisting in painting the letter S for the G20 BRISBANE sign located in South Bank (2014), having her art projected onto the William Jolly Bridge as part of an outdoor exhibition for Brisbane Art Matriarchs WOMEN’S WORK (2019), illustrating Cathy Freeman’s portrait for SHOUT OUT TO THE GIRLS biography (2018) and illustrating for the children’s book BAKIR AND BI written by Jillian Boyd (2012).