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Rosie Tarku King Wind blowing

acrylic on canvas

120 x 120 cm

Rosie Tarku King’s paintings narrate her long life spent traversing the Great Sandy Desert. With a colour-drenched palette, she depicts the jila (living waterhole), jilji (sand hills) and jumu (soakwater waterhole) she grew up visiting. This painting is all about the wind that blows, tossing the flowers to and fro in the desert.

The artist currently paints in the studio space at Mangkaja Arts in Fitzroy Crossing, a small town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. She is now in her late eighties and her memory has significantly declined; painting is a sensory experience that encourages her to reconnect with Country.

Arthouse Gallery and Mangkaja Arts, 2022