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RYHIA DANK

First Nations contemporary artist and graphic designer, a Gudanji and Wakaja woman currently residing on Gubbi Gubbi land.

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About Ryhia

Ryhia is Gudanji/Wakaja and she grew up in a remote community in the Northern Territory. She is also dad’s daughter so she has English/Irish and Spanish/Austrian heritage. Ryhia went surfing on the Gold Coast with her paternal grandparents at holiday time too. It is all important, it has all contributed to who she is today.

"Growing up in the Gulf of Carpentaria meant I got to know my Country through the stories my family told me and I got to walk in the places and footprints my family has travelled since the beginning. And I didn’t have to worry about the authenticity of my identity... until I moved away. 

My painting is storywork. Gudanji/Wakaja people told stories through pattern and design and that is what I am doing. I call my storying Nardurna. It means 'woman' in my language. For Gudanji, our big story is about three women who came from the ocean near Ngukurr in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

They travelled a long way and then created our place, the hills and fresh water Country.  I am linked to that story and it links me to my place because as my granny said: "Ngurruwani Gudanji-marndi maga guda gurijba iligirra gamamjani". (Gudanji people are from the fresh water and hill country)."

NAIDOC 2021

THE COLLAB

Ryhia has teamed up with Life Apparel Co in 2021 to create this special edition artwork.

She is currently represented with one design in our retail collection.

Garranjini

Digital Illustration
2021

"This artwork represents my Traditional land - Garranjini - which has been continuously threatened by Mining and Energy companies. My family has been fighting against these big corporations for decades.

This land holds my story. Our big story is about three women who came from the ocean near Ngukurr in the Gulf of Carpentaria. They travelled a long way and then created our place, the hills and fresh water Country. I am linked to that story and it links me to my place because as my granny said,

"Ngurruwani Gudanji-marndi maga guda gurijba iligirra gamamjani."
(Gudanji people are from the fresh water and hill country.)

Those three women made our place and then made us.
It's my home. I grew up on this land, it's me.