#16 Women's Body Design - BARBARA PANANKA : Aboriginal Art: 71 x 125cm
ARTIST: Barbara Pananka Mabitjana - Price
LANGUAGE: Amnatajerre / Kaytetye
REGION - Utopia North Central Desert
TITLE: Women's Ceremonial Body Design and Bush Food.
MEDIUM - Painting - acrylic on canvas
"The women come together for Ceremony. They collect the bush food and sing, dance and eat as they paint themselves up with their body design"
Barbara is an Anmatyerre artist and is mother to the Numina sisters – six daughters and three sons who all live in Darwin. She grew up in Stirling Station, a cattle station near Tennant Creek where she was schooled by her parents and started painting at a young age, learning from her mum Topsy Thomson Napangardi (deceased).
Barbara worked at the station collecting firewood, ironing clothes and general housekeeping duties for the owners of the station for which she was paid money. Barbara was married to Douglas (deceased) who was the older brother to renowned artists Ada Bird, Gloria, Kathleen and Violet Petyarre.
Barbara moved to Darwin in 2008 to be with her daughters and still lives here today, occasionally going back to Stirling for ceremonies and other family matters.
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