Daen Sansbury-Smith

Artist bio

Daen Sansbury-Smith is a Narungga/ Kaurna and Trawoolwaway content producer, visual artist and founder of Adjadura Art (My peoples art in Narungga). Sansbury-Smith has produced countless art works over the years as an exploratory process producing gifts to decorate family homes of reinterpreted culture stories. In 2020 Sansbury-Smith’s debut solo Art Exhibition was a success despite Melbourne lockdowns, developing the ‘Black Crow’ Augmented Reality art series currently on tour at multiple galleries nationally. Sansbury-Smith original artworks utilise charcoals and ochre with his children, putting his cultural knowledge onto canvas, providing a safe space for them to watch and learn. Sansbury-Smith’s art works are representation of Narungga and Palawa stories, art and culture. Sansbury-Smith maps Ancestral memory and connection to country, sharing stories of pre and post-contact Aboriginal history and culture. This mapping draws upon cultural design of huge importance to Sansbury-Smith.

I create art because...

It is how I manage to maintain connection to my cultural heritage and while living away from my country I can feel connected as I pass on knowledge to my children.

I am different to most artists because...

I use inherent cultural knowledge and stories to map into the modern landscape and environments.

When you look at my art, the thing I want you to feel is...

Calm and connected, also to reflect on the deeper morals of the stories associated with each artwork.

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