Language Group: Anmatyerre
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen
Subjects: Anwekety (Conkerberry) Dreaming, Spinifex
Joanne began painting for Mbantua Gallery in 2005. Her mother, sisters and aunties are all Utopia artists and the years spent watching them provided inspiration to Joanne. Joanne speaks little English but when asked about paintings she is enthusiastic to try and teach as much as she can.
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
Joanne paints the conkerberry (dot work) and her designs are also influenced by the flower and leaf of its plant, and tracks to and from the plant. In Anmatyerre the conkerberry is called anwekety. In the Dreamtime, winds blew from all directions, carrying the anwekety seed over Joanne's ancestors' land. The first anwekety of the Dreamings then grew, bore fruit and dropped more seeds. Many winds blew the seeds all over the Dreaming lands.