Artist | MABEL WAKARTA

Artist | MABEL WAKARTA


Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by MABEL WAKARTA of Martumili Artists. The title is Karlamilyi. [08-869] (Acrylic on Canvas)

MABEL WAKARTA

Karlamilyi

Mabel is currently the eldest working artist at Martumili Artists.

She was born in the 1920s at Yirajara, which is near Jurntu Jurntu.

Her parents were both Warnman people whose country encompassed Tarl and Nayijara as well as the yinta (waterholes) already mentioned.

Warnman country crosses the Canning Stock Route.

Mabel grew up in the pujiman (bush) way until, in a run of very bad seasons, both her parents, her brother and her sister all passed away.

Following that terrible time, Mabel and some other family members walked through Karlamilyi (Rudall River), Talawana and into Jigalong mission.

Mabel was an adult when she arrived at Jigalong and went to work cooking, washing and cleaning houses.

She worked for many years on Roy Hill, Ethel Creek and Bonney Downs Stations as well as several stations to the south of Martu country.

She was married to Wakarta but he passed away in Jigalong a long time ago.

The couple had no children. She paints her ngurra (home) and her warrarn (country) to teach the young so that they can learn to paint, too..



Mabel is currently the eldest working artist at Martumili Artists.

She was born in the 1920s at Yirajara, which is near Jurntu Jurntu.

Her parents were both Warnman people whose country encompassed Tarl and Nayijara as well as the yinta (waterholes) already mentioned.

Warnman country crosses the Canning Stock Route.

Mabel grew up in the pujiman (bush) way until, in a run of very bad seasons, both her parents, her brother and her sister all passed away.

Following that terrible time, Mabel and some other family members walked through Karlamilyi (Rudall River), Talawana and into Jigalong mission.

Mabel was an adult when she arrived at Jigalong and went to work cooking, washing and cleaning houses.

She worked for many years on Roy Hill, Ethel Creek and Bonney Downs Stations as well as several stations to the south of Martu country.

She was married to Wakarta but he passed away in Jigalong a long time ago.

The couple had no children. She paints her ngurra (home) and her warrarn (country) to teach the young so that they can learn to paint, too..



Exhibitions that MABEL WAKARTA has exhibited at

Stock Room Show - 2012 (Part 2)

A Collection of Contemporary Modern Aboriginal Art


Yankuni Laju Karnkani Kujungka (We Are Travel…

A Collection of Fine Martumili Aboriginal Art