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Garth Lena

1967

Garth Lena (Also known as Garth Rotumah) is an artist, sculptor. Born in 1967 in Murwillumbah, NSW.
Certificate III Ceramics, 2003 Murwillumbah TAFE, Murwillumbah, NSW
Certificate IV Fine Arts, 2002 Murwillumbah TAFE, Murwillumbah, NSW
Certificate I Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Practice, 2001 Kingscliff TAFE, Kingscliff, NSW



Garth Lena’s ancestry is Aboriginal and South Sea Islander. He is a member of the
Bundjalung people and lives in Fingal Head, northern NSW.
Garth uses mango wood and porcelain to explore the fragility of animals within urban and
rural environments.
Garth draws on his immediate and materials for his work.
Garth says...
"Fingal Head is called Pooningbah in my language and means ‘place of many
echidnas’. The rocks on Pooningbah Headland are shaped like an echidna and the echidna is the totem of this land.
This work [echidna sculpture] is about the land and the formations of the land which make our stories and how we know where we are by looking at those formations."
[http://australianmuseum.net.au/uploads/documents/8322/menagerie%20education%20kit%202013.pdf]