'When we go fishing I like to go when the water is high so I can help my husband put out the drag net then go and throw in a line. But when it’s very high tide we can’t go to the creeks where the big fishes are and I don’t like rock fishing. Whenever we go fishing, we have to go through the marsh to get to the best fishing spots, but when the tide is high we stay on the beach.' Wendy Warrie, 2021
Wendy Warrie is a Kariyarra and Yindjibarndi woman living at Cheeditha Community. Wendy is the granddaughter of Lilla Snowball, daughter of Yilbie Warrie and Bridget Jacob Snowball, one of seven sisters and twin sister to fellow artist Kaye. Wendy began painting in 1999 at Roebourne TAFE, then at Bujee Nhoor-Pu art project at Cossack. She painted there with her mother and sisters and other members of Cheeditha community. Today she paints at Cheeditha Art Group, the art centre based on Cheeditha community, still with her sisters.Wendy’s artwork focuses on the creation story of her peoples and the landscape of her Country and home at Cheeditha. She has found recognition for her mesmeric line paintings that reference the tidal flows, rugged coastlines and mountain ranges of Kariyarra and Yindjibarndi Country. Wendy has participated in public art professional development and hassuccessfully delivered multiple public works. Wendy is still discovering and learning about her Kariyarra culture and stories. She has fond memories of visiting family and doing Law time at Yandiyarra. Wendy is a Director of the Kariyarra Peoples Trust and visits frequently.
The Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art acknowledges all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traditional Custodians of Country and recognises their continuing connection to land, sea, culture and community. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.