An image of Martuwarra

Sonia Kurarra

(Australia 1952 – )

Community
Fitzroy Crossing, Kimberley region
Language group
Walmajarri, Kimberley region

Martuwarra

Location
Not on display
Further information

Sonia Kurrara grew up in the river country at Noonkanbah (Yungngnora), south-west of Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. She has worked through Mangkaja Arts since its establishment in the early 1990s and in recent years has become known for her vibrant, energetic paintings that celebrate her riverland home.

"Martuwarra is my river country; this painting is all about the Fitzroy River which flows down through Nookanbah where I live. All kinds of fish live in the water, we catch big mob of fish here. I like Parlka (barrumundi). We catch catfish and brim here too. Nganku(shark), wirritunany (sawfish) and stingray also live here. These fish live in these waters long after the flood has gone."

Place of origin
Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia
Cultural origin
Walmajarri, Nookanbah, Kimberley region
Year
2014
Media
Painting
Medium
synthetic polymer paint on linen
Dimensions
120.1 x 239.2 x 3.3 cm stretcher
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2014
Accession number
613.2014
Copyright
© Sonia Kurrarra. Licensed by Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency