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Title

Untitled

2015


Artist

Sonia Kurarra

Australia

1952 -

Language group

Walmajarri, Kimberley region


About

"Martuwarra is my river country; this painting is all about the Fitzroy River which flows down through Nookanbah where I live. All kinds of fish live in the water, we catch big mob of fish here. I like Parlka (barrumundi). We catch catfish and brim here too. Nganku(shark), wirritunany (sawfish) and stingray also live here. These fish live in these waters long after the flood has gone."

Sonia Kurrara grew up in the river country at Noonkanbah (Yungngnora), south-west of Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. She has worked through Mangkaja Arts since its establishment in the early 1990s. For many years she painted sporadically and predominanetly on paper as she balanced her own career with teaching art and culture in the community kindergarten. In recent times she has worked more consistently, and started to also paint on canvas. Kurarra’s vibrant, energetic works celebrate her riverland home, particualy the location of Martuwarra on the Fitzroy River at Noonkanbah, south-west of Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.


Details


Date

2015


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

charcoal on 250gsm Velin Arches paper


Dimensions

38.0 x 55.5 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Giorgio Pilla 2016


Location

Not on display


Accession number

404.2016


Artist information

Sonia Kurarra

Works in the collection

4


Place

Where the work was made
Fitzroy Crossing