Rissah Vox’s given name is Napangardi. She is an Aboriginal woman born in Tasmania and has 4 children, 10 grand children and one great grandson. Rissah has been a peace keeper at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra for the past 11 years, but, her home is with her family in St Helens Tasmania.
Rissah became an artist in 2012 whilst her children’s uncle was in hospital in an induced coma. He is Tasmanian Aboriginal as are two of her children.
Rissah uses layered oil pastels that she then etches imagery with a tent peg. Some of her pieces have stories, some have social justice titles and meanings and some are about island life in Tasmania. Rissah was lucky enough to be accepted as a finalist in the 2016 Bay of Fires art prize with her piece titled ‘Thylacine’ and also as a finalist in 2018 The Henry Jones Art Prize with her piece titled ‘Thylacine’.