Coreen Reading

I am a Kaiadilt woman from Bentinck Island, having grown up mostly on Mornington Island on Lardil land.  My Father is a European of English/Irish/Swedish descent.  My Mother was a strong and proud Kaiadilt woman from the Rukathi/Wuldunuthi people.  My Grandmother & Grandfather spoke Kayardild and were part of the original 60 inhabitants of Bentinck island that were taken to Mornington Island during the missionary days, 1947-1948.  We are now known as the ‘Loogatha’ family, a distortion of our original ‘Rukuthi’. As a child, we traveled around Australia with our Father during school holidays and Mother and Stepfather for work, but our roots have always been maintained in the Wellesley Islands.  My heritage is a mix of western perspective, with my heart and spirit coming from my Kaiadilt roots intertwined with Lardil experiences.  Now having my own family and ready to travel, I have started painting to keep my own and my children's connection to country alive.  With inspiration from my Loogatha Mothers, I try to capture the vibrant landscape using colours and shapes; I hope to portray the deep emotional sense of connection to my people, land and sea.  

Artworks

491-21

491-21

$600.00

Coreen Reading

Walawa Nida Nigijindaa - Small diamond anchor fish is my name - 2021

40.2 x 50.2 cm

Acrylic on canvas board

SOLD

489-21

489-21

$600.00

Coreen Reading

Warrunda (Goanna) - 2021

40.5 x 51 cm

Acrylic on Belgian linen

SOLD

481-21

481-21

$600.00

Coreen Reading

Ngakulwanda Ngawijalatha – Our Birth Signs Clock - 2021

30 cm diameter

Acrylic on plywood

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