Yarluwar Ruwe (Ocean Country) by Amanda Westley.
Ngarrindjerri nation is surrounded by water…. this painting is an aerial view of Ngarrindjeri ruwe and the blue colours represent the coastal part of Ngarrindjerri ruwe. I have a deep connection with water and my 3 totems the whale, pelican and black swan also have a connection with water.
About the Artist
Amanda Westley is a Ngarrindjeri woman and artist, born in Victor Harbor, South Australia in 1985.
My painting style is dot work and the bright colours from my coastal country hometown and the ocean are represented through my paintings. I have been painting from a very young age and my style is contemporary Aboriginal dot art, I have always enjoyed painting and the calm that it brought.
My paintings represent country, for Aboriginal people land has a spiritual and cultural connection and is so important to our identity and way of life. My family is one of the oldest Aboriginal families here on the south coast so this land I call home has been apart of my family for a very long time, and by creating these paintings I am acknowledging the important connection my family have with this land.