Shared Lines Co-founder and Shared Lines: Pūtahitanga exhibiting artist
Macrocarpa, rimu, acrylic paint, oil, paua, found objects
Ngaroma Riley (Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri, Pākehā) is an artist, project coordinator, and people connector based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. A co-founder of Shared Lines, Ngaroma began her carving journey making buddhist statues while living and working in Japan. Since returning to Aotearoa in 2020 she has completed a Certificate in Whakairo at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. In 2022 she made her first public work as part of a team who built a Tomokanga in Kaitaia. Ngaroma was shortlisted for the Kiingi Tuheitia Portraiture Award in 2023.
Shared Lines: Pūtahitanga 2020
Blocking out evil (2020)
Blocking out evil pays homage to the carvings at Toshogu Shrine, a pictorial maxim of the proverb, "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.” It's a playful reference to the power of resilience, especially in the midst of a global pandemic where conspiracy theories abound.