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Ngura wiru (Good country)

Rosalind Tjanyari
Synthetic Polymer on Linen
152 x 167.5 cm
Iwantja Arts


I’m an artist, following in the footsteps of my mother, Kanakiya Tjanyari. She taught me how to paint. My mother would often take me to visit our family in the west. There’s lots of great artists in my family. My mother taught me lots of things. She would show me how to dig for tjala (honey ants) and maku (witchetty grubs). Me and my friend Priscilla would often go and look for mingkulpa (bush tobacco) with our mothers. Sometimes we would find ngintaka (perentie – monitor lizard) and tinka (goanna). I was a young girl working at the shop when I moved to the art centre to paint with my mother. I used to help with the lino-prints at the art centre, but I like painting better, theres more freedom in painting. I like using a big brush when I paint. I can move quickly around my canvas. I use lots of bright colours in my paintings. They remind me of the vibrant colours of my country.

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