Enquiry

About

I was born at a jumu [soak water] called Payinjarra in the Great Sandy Desert. I walked out from the desertwith my husband when I was a young girl. I le􀅌 my mother and brother Kumanjayi [deceased] Pijaju behindat Japingka. My husband had two wives, my older sister and myself. These two passed away a long timeago, here in the river country at Brooking Springs Station.When we le􀅌 the desert we walked for a long time, it was a long way. We were walking and hunting. Wekilled pussycat and wirlka [sand goanna] for food but no kangaroo. I was walking, all the time worryingabout my mother but I kept going. My husband and my sister were both cheeky, they hit me for no reason.I was crying for my mother. I got away from them once, they were too cheeky to me and telling me, “comeon you have to go”. I told them, “No, I want to go back to my mother”. They kept telling me “No, you haveto keep going”.I was frightened but I came out at Old Bililluna. There were planes landing right there, I was frightened ofthat plane. From there, all of us kids went walking and looking at the plane that had landed. I didn’t knowany English, I just looked at the kartiya [Europeans]. We kept going and we saw kartiya ge􀆫ng water in abucket from a well. This was new to me too, it was the ?rst time I had seen thisWe had no shoes, we were wearing yakapiri [old people long ago in the desert they used to make sandalsto protect feet from the hot ground]. I talked only Juwaliny when I came but today I speak Juwaliny,Walmajarri, Kriol and English. A􀅌er that, a motor car came from Moola Bulla to Old Bililluna and took us toMoola Bulla. We came out there, frightened in the car, we hadn’t seen one before. We didn’t know anyonethere either. I met Munmurria Daisy Andrews there and her first son. I didn’t know her before then.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITION:2008: All The Walnut Trees Suzanne O’Connell Gallery, Brisbane, QLDGROUP EXHIBITIONS:2009: Mangkaja Artists 60x60 Randell Lane Fine Art, WA2009: East Meets West Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT2009: Sharing Difference on Common Ground Holmes a Court Gallery, Perth, QLD KimberleyAboriginal Artists2009: Eva Nargoodah with Rosie Tarco King Tunbridge Gallery, Margaret River, WA2009: Shalom Gamarada Caspary Conference Centre, University of NSW2009: Senior Artists from Fitzroy Crossing Suzanne O’Connell Gallery, Brisbane, QLD2009: Mangkaja Survey Show Short St Gallery, Broome, WA2009: Emerging and Re-emerging Outstation, Darwin, NT2008: Bendi Lango The Indigenous Scholarship Fund,Sydney and Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD2008: Wet n’ Wild Artkelch, Freiburg, Germany2008: The Canning Stock Route Project Beijing International OlympicCommittee Expo, China2008: Shalom Gamarada Caspary Conference Centre, University of NSW2008: Palya Art in Melbourne The Barn, Melbourne, VIC2008: Women On Country Suzanne O’Connell Gallery, Brisbane, QLD2008: Waterholes and Bush Tucker Bridget McDonald Hampton Gallery, Sydney, NSW2007: Bendi Lango The Indigenous Scholarship Fund,Sydney and Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD2007: Mangkaja Artists WA Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth, WA2007: Living Water Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth, WA2007: X Marks the Spot Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD2007: Jila, Jilji and Miyi Cool-Art, Sunshine Coast, QLD2007: Women Artists of Fitzroy Crossing Ra􀅌 Artspace, Darwin, NT2006: Depth and Divergence Cullity Gallery, UWA, Perth, WA2006: Mangkaja Group Show Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney, NSW2005: Women’s Show Gallery Gondwana2005: Surprise; Cory & Friends ReDot Gallery, Singapore2005: Short on Size Short St Gallery, Broome, WA2005: Mangkaja Artists Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney, NSW2005: True Colours - Recent works from Queensland College of Art Gallery,Fitzroy Crossing Grif?th University, QLD2005: Mangkaja Artists Glad?y Gallery, Perth, WA2005: Too Much Good Work Ra􀅌 Artspace, Darwin, NT2004: Tarku & Murungkurr Gad?y Gallery, Perth, WA2004: Mangkaja Group Representation Ra􀅌 Artspace, Melbourne Art Fair, VIC2004: Mangkaja Group Exhibition Gad?y Gallery, Perth, WA2003: Fitzroy Fusion Ra􀅌 Artspace, Darwin, NT2002: Short on Size Short St Gallery, Broome, WA2001: Short on Size Short St Gallery, BroomePUBLIC ART:2008: Fitzroy Valley Education Centre – panels projectCOLLECTIONS:National Museum of Australia Fitzroy Crossing High School Fitzroy Crossing HospitalPUBLICATIONS:2009: Kimberley Aboriginal ArtistsSharing Difference on Common Ground2005: Exhibition catalogue: Boutwell Draper Gallery, SydneyMangkaja Artists2005: Exhibition catalogue: ReDot Gallery, SingaporeSurprise; Cory and Friends2004: For Melbourne Art FairMangkaja Brochure

Influences

PAINTING THEMES:Jila [living waterhole], jilji [sand hills] and jumu [soakwater waterhole] in the Great Sandy Desert:Wajampajarti jumu, Kalajita jumu, Japingka jilaTrees, grasses and ?owers

60cm (W) x 90cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$1,200
90cm (W) x 120cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$2,100
90cm (W) x 90cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$1,560
90cm (W) x 90cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$1,560
45cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$680