Sharon Numina


Sister to artist Lanita Numina, Sharon Numina (b. 1981) uses her artwork to depict similar traditional Dreamtime stories preserved within her family. ‘Dreamings’ and ‘Dreamtime stories’ in Aboriginal culture refers to the Aboriginal understanding of the world and its creations. These Dreamings are unique narratives and beliefs held by different groups across Australia, and are regarded as the beginning of knowledge, through which the laws of existence were formed. Survival would often depend on observing these laws. Even in the present day, knowing, carrying and reinforcing these stories is regarded as a form of respect for both country and ancestors, keeping traditional practices alive and maintaining a sense of cultural identity. Numina’s artwork includes knowledge of dingo tracks, bush tucker and cultural knowledge derived from her mother and father’s country.