Kathy Maringka Roberts

Artist Kathy Maringka Roberts
Title Tjulpuntjulp unpa - Desert Wildflowers
Year 2022

Acrylic on Belgian linen

Dimensions 150 × 197 cm
Art Centre Kaltjiti Arts →

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Kathy Maringka Roberts

Kathy Maringka Roberts was born in the bush, near Pukatja (Ernabella) in South Australia. Her family moved to the Ernabella mission and she went to school there, before moving to Victory Downs, a cattle station nearby. Kathy worked as a Cultural Tour Guide at the tourist camp at Uluru and later, in Pukatja, worked at the art centre and learnt to sew, spin wool and make rugs. Kathy and her family moved to Kaltjiti (Fregon) in the 1970s, when it was still a mission outstation. At the craft room Kathy learnt batik techniques and painting with acrylic on canvas. Kathy is a long standing board member of Kaltjiti Arts as well as an active leader in the Kaltjiti community.

Artist statement

Kathy Maringka Roberts continues to explore the theme of country with her impressionistic interpretation of the desert wildflowers. Purple and magenta parakeelya, pink and blue everlasting daisies, white and yellow daisies, lilac and purple mulla mullas, blue and purple swansonias are the most prolific of the desert wildflowers. Following the contours of the land, she captures the vibrant colours of the sandhill country of the Kaltjiti community. Kathy’s traditional country is men’s business and therefore she does not paint the tjukurpa of this country. However, the country from which this cultural knowledge is derived, informs and is the basis for her work.