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Ngaroma Riley

Shared Lines Co-founder and Shared Lines: Pūtahitanga exhibiting artist



Macrocarpa, rimu, acrylic paint, oil, paua, found objects



Ngaroma Riley (Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri, Pākehā) is an artist, curator, 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. In 2022 she built a storehouse for a sculptural installation at Kaitaia and was shortlisted for the 2023 Kingi Tuheitia Portraiture Award. She is known for her karetao (hand-carved puppets) and love of chainsaws.


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. 

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