Sharon Phineasa

Sharon Phineasa is a descendant of the Ait-Koedal and Dhoeybaw clans of Saibai and Dauan Islands in the Top Western Torres Strait. Passionate about preserving culture through artistic expression, Sharon’s artwork is a fusion of traditional and contemporary influences while also drawing upon her grandfather’s motto of ‘working with what you’ve got’. Sharon’s creativity and deep connection to culture has led to work across several artforms including painting, printmaking, collage, sculpture and carving. The source for her inspiration is the Kulba Adthil (old stories) passed on to her by island Elders, especially her grandfather who carved traditional artefacts. Sharon also draws on her childhood experiences growing up in the islands. With a strong connection to her ancestors, Sharon feels a great responsibility to pass on the knowledge and stories that have been handed to her.