Mary Katatjuku Pan

Mary Katatjuku Pan sculpts with tjanpi and has a prolific painting and drawing practice. Her unique style derives from layering her mediums and animating the iconography in her work to achieve a narrative linking her to her homeland, Watarru. Mary refers to the land around Watarru and the Tjukurpa (cultural law) there, she illustrates kapi tjukula (waterholes), tjilpul (birds) and other desert animals, tjati (lizards), the nintuka (desert monitor) and ngiyari (thorny devil) which are hunted after the fires. Mary was working for land management at Watarru for many years, tracking animals and looking for endangered species. She is an excellent tracker and hunter, a well-respected artist and influential member of the Amata community.