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 has painted spinifex that she can find in her country, Ahalpere in the Utopia region. Spinifex, or aptly named the porcupine grass, is a sharp pointed grass that is abundant in central Australia.
Star shaped designs (white dots) represent this pointed grass. Dot work in the background represents the seeds of spinifex. Turkeys eat the seeds.