Shakira Petrick Mills Petyarre


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Born: 1998

Language Group: Alyawarre

Country: Numfive, and Irrweltye , Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Subjects: Anaty (Desert Yam)

Shakira began painting in September 2006. Her first paintings for Mbantua Gallery were canvas and paint she had borrowed from her mother, Lisa Mills Pwerle.

Shakira lives in Alice Springs, Utopia and Yuendumu with her mother, her husband and two daughters. Her husband, Zachias Japanangka Williams, is also an artist. One of our youngest artists, Shakira's face proudly sports a huge smile when she finishes a new painting. We hope she has a great future and continues to learn the traditions of her culture through painting.

Shakira paints the same subject as her mother, the Anaty (desert yam). There is an ancient Dreamtime story belonging to the Anaty which Shakira will continue to be taught as she gets older. This story belongs to her mother's country, Irrweltye. Her designs are very similar to her mother's, who is her teacher, where linear work represents the root system of the yam and dots are its seeds.