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About

Aunty Sally Gabori showed me her paintings when she first visited Bentinck again after being away for such a long time. She gave me one because I am her favourite. Now I am doing the same paintings with my sisters and aunties. It’s good painting all day to get away from the house and have a break. I was born at Oak Tree Point on Bentinck Island or as we call it 'lookati'. This is on the North side of the island. I was only very small when the missionaries came and took us to Mornington Island. I was asleep when it happened and when I woke up we were on Mornington Island. I missed my parents when we were in the dormitory and we would often run away to be with them. When I was older I worked in the hospital and the mission house. Not long after that I went to Karumba on the mainland and worked on a cattle station. I moved around a few stations and on one, Esmerelda, I met my husband, George Thomas. He came back to Mornington with me and we got married there and had my eldest son there as well. We went back to Croydon on the mainland and was gone a long time. When my husband got sick and passed away I returned to Mornington in time for our people starting an outstation on Bentinck Island at Main Base or Ninjilki.

Exhibitions

Exhibitions 2017 CIAF 2017 CIAF Indigenous Fashion Performance 2016 Land of All - Dulka Wangiid 2016 18th General Assembly of World Crafts Council 2016 CIAF 2015 My Island Home 2015 CIAF Indigenous Fashion Performance 2015 Currents: Trends & Movements in Queensland Indigenous ArtCentres Exhibition 2015 International Women's Day Exhibition 2012 Artists from Bentinck Island & Mornington Island, Queensland 2012 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2011 Korea International Art Fair 2011 Artists From Mornington Island Art 2011 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2010 Bentinck Island Artworks 2009 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2008 Painters of Bentinck Island 2008 Bandikawaanda Makuwalada Rarunginja Thaand - Return of Kaiadilt Women 2007 Bentinck Island Artists featuring Netta Loogatha 2007 Painters of Bentinck Island 2007 Painting Up Country: New Art Form The Mornington and Bentinck Islands 2006 Big Ones Little Ones 2006 Sally Gabori & Introducing the Bentinck Island Art Gang 2006 Bentinck Island Project Mediums Wool Synthetic Polymer on Canvas Synthetic Polymer on Linen Pencil and Ink on Paper Collections The National Gallery of Victoria, Victoria The Merenda Collection Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane Bibliography 2008 The Heart of Everything: The Art and Artists of Mornington & Bentinck Islands, Mornington Island Arts and Crafts, McCulloch & McCulloch Australian Art Books Pty Ltd 2010 www.morningtonisland.com.au 2005 Mornington Island Arts & Crafts, Gununa Mornington Island, Wooloongabba Art Gallery 2006 The Bentinck Project, Wooloongabba Art Gallery 2007 Blak Roots Catalogue - KickArts Contemporary Arts 2009 Contemporary Fine Aboriginal Art Catalogue - Red Dot Gallery, Singapore

Influences

My Country - Dulkawalne - Bentinck Island

50cm (W) x 40cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$580
40cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$580
50cm (W) x 40cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$580