N’Dene Riley is an emerging artist best known for her luminant imagery of the ocean and sea life. With ancestry from the Aboriginal people of Tasmania, she now resides on the Mornington Peninsula. Her relationship with the land and the water informs her work, seeking tribute to the strength and beauty of the ocean along with its healing powers. She draws on her connection to her ancestors and the stories passed down about how to respect and care for the ocean. Through the use of circles and symbols, she portrays a connectedness between all living things. Working mainly with acrylic on canvas, N’Dene imparts a unique message of hope and positivity with every painting.
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
148cm x 158cm
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"This piece reminds me of the beauty and strength of our oceans (Lienna wuttya) and all that lives in it and around it. It has all the connections of water droplets linking with all life, shells, trees, coral, starfish, plants and flowers. We are all connected to one another in some form and this painting has connecting symbols through it. I still feel the connection of my ancestors living by the ocean. The stories told to us about how to respect and care for it I carry within me and put into the paintings.
This painting was on loan, on the wall of a prominent Aboriginal Medical Centre so all who walked past would feel that peace the ocean gives us. The past has not been kind to some, people and sickness comes to everyone at some time. So, my hope was to give the community a sense of healing and take their minds off any traumas.
My new hope is that this painting gives you the strength and peace in your life and reminds you of the healing power of our oceans"