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Jean Burke

Jean Burke

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Jean Burke belongs to the Pitjantjatjara language and cultural group, and was born in 1945 in the bush at Anumarapiti in the Western Desert of Western Australia. Her parents walked to the mission in Ernabella when she was a baby. Shortly after their arrival, her mother passed away and her father took her from Ernabella to Warburton, walking from rock-hole to rock-hole for 800kms. Along the way many women took turns in breast feeding her. Jean states, ‘I always thought I had no family. I was really sad because other girl’s mothers told them stories about country. I was lost. She wasn't telling me stories about families and country. Ngaltutjara.’ She went to school at the Warburton mission where she learnt to read and write; to recite bible stories, prayers and hymns, and new art and craft skills such as sewing and drawing. During school holidays she used to go back to country.

Jean's paintings are based on linear designs and a softer palette demonstrates a deep connection and spirituality to the land.

Dernière mise à jour - 9 juin 2017