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Neville “Torry “Torrisheba is a proud Papua New Guinean born , descendant of the Djaberra djaberra tribe of Broome ,Western Australia and Mer Island , Torres Straits and Hula clan ,Papua New Guinea
Torry is a fifth year practising visual artist experienced in multiform and multi medium art .His artwork is authentic , original and very versatile from sculpture , weaving ,ceramics, printmaking and painting not only in acrylics but using traditional ochers. Torry is focused and has found passion creating greater cultural awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture to the wider community and the environment,”Caring for Country ” . He creates his artwork ,sculptures from memories ,knowledge,tradition and culture passed down from his
Elders of family, and local community of his Aboriginal , Papua New Guinean,Torres Strait and pacific Islander Ancestry. Torry has worked tirelessly with disengaged for the past four years working on youth mentoring and cultural connections programs redirecting youth through nature walks and canoeing .He has given youth a strong sense of pride , confidence ,self achievement ,identity and community belonging .
An audience gathers around attentive to an artwork that I have painstakingly and lovingly created ,in that very moment of time and space there is no prejudice ,no discrimination the audience are oblivious to race ,gender,religion or persuasion, I have created peace and harmony and united the audience as one community .
I believe it is my role as a visual artist to share stories , knowledge and culture .Some of my artworks are unwritten chronicles of my family and Australia’s colonial repugnant history .I strive for my artwork to be authentic and original .My connection to the sea and land stems from living on the ocean, and growing up on ” country” . The colors of the reddest earth and bluest ocean is instilled in my veins, a connection that is my life blood and identity .