The ‘My Country’ series is inspired by my recent trip to Central Australia. Having not visited the country of my ancestors since I was a child, I was struck by the intense shapes, colours and landscapes. When I returned to my home in Canberra, I set to work, trying to use the colours and shapes of my art in new ways. When I look at these paintings I see rocks or mountains, night skies or rivers, desert flowers or stars. They represent my connection to both the Luritja deserts of my Nanna and the Kuku Yalanji beaches and rainforests of my Nanny.
About the Artist
Kayannie Denigan is a Luritja Artist based in Canberra.
She grew up in the remote Cape York community of Hope Vale and has strong connections the community and its peoples.
She is recognised as part of the Bagarrmuguwarra and Kuku Yalanji nations and as a Traditional Owner of that country.
Kayannie’s works predominantly in acrylic on canvas and her painting style was passed down to her from her grandmothers and utilises the iconic dots of Central Desert art.