About this artwork
THIS PAINTING IS ALL ABOUT MY COUNTRY, MY FAMILY’S COUNTRY IN THE GOLDFIELDS CALLED JAMIESON. THE COLOURS BLUE, YELLOW, GREEN REPRESENTS THE FLOWERS.
About Phyllis Waye
My name is Phyllis Waye and I’m a Wongi woman from the Goldfields in Laverton W.A, though I was born between Laverton and Lenora station at a place called Jindalbe. I have three sisters and two brothers, mum and dad used to take us hunting and taught us how to live off the land. I left home and married a Walmajarri man. I live in Bayulu community near Fitzroy Crossing. I have one daughter and three sons and I paint at Mangkaja Arts Centre. I tell them my stories and they write them down so the Kartiya (white people) know where I come from. I like to share these stories. I paint my mothers and fathers country as well as my grandfathers and grandmothers country from stories they have told me. I paint this country to bring back memories from when we were kids growing up in the desert. I paint this country and the waterholes where my people lived many years ago. We used to hunt for food out in the desert, in that Goldfields country.