Janet Golder Kngwarreye
Janet was born on 15th November 1973 at Mulga Bore, an outstation at Utopia Station, 270km northeast of Alice Springs. She is the daughter of Margaret Golder and Sammy Pitjara and grand-daughter of Old Henry Pitjara, Angelina Ngale, and Polly Ngale. Janet learned to paint by watching her extended family of artists including the renowned Emily Kame Kngwarreye. She is married to Ronnie Bird Jungala, the son of Ada Bird Petyarre,and has four children.
The subject of Janet’s painting tends to revolve around representations of leaves collected around her country and used for a variety of medicinal purposes. In particular, she returns again and again to “Awelye” and “Bush Medicine”, which depict flowing representations of the leaves and ceremonial body paint. Typical of Utopian artists, Janet rejoices in the use of colour.
Today, Janet Golder Kngwarreye spends most of her time in Alice Springs, painting alongside Jeannie Petyarre.
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Title: My Country
This painting depicts many aspects of the artist’s relationship to her country and traditional homelands. The designs show sacred Women’s ceremonies, rock holes and water sites as well as the desert sand dunes and flora and fauna. Janet says there is always plenty of bush tucker and animals to hunt, though if you do not know the dreaming’s or ‘Tjukurpa’ you will not know where to find the water or food. An intimate knowledge of the land and its creation was essential to survival in a harsh unforgiving environment. This painting includes yam leaf, bush yam, bush orange, tomatoes, women body paint, bush medicine, rock holes and water soaks.