Waves, By Leonie Melpi - Palngun Wurnangat Aboriginal Corporation
Artist - Leonie Melpi
Leonie is a Wangka woman from Wadeye, one of Australia’s largest Aboriginal communities, located about 420km South West of Darwin. Leonie’s language is Mari Amu. She is mother of five, and aunty and granny to many! Leonie loves painting and drawing, and does art to relax.
In addition to being a talented artist, Leonie worked for many years with young children at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School, and Wadeye pre-school before retiring in 2013.
Leonie’s design ‘waves’ was created in 2007. The inspiration for the design came from the waves and ripples of the water at the beach. The community of Wadeye is about one hour from the beach on a very bumpy road. You can stand on the beach and look out to the Timor Sea. Locals love to go fishing and swimming at the beach – but you have to look out for crocs!
Leonie’s design is printed by employees of Palngun Wurnangat Aboriginal Corporation– which roughly translates to ‘women working together’ in Murrinhpatha. PWAC is home to a growing number of Indigenous female artists whose contemporary and traditional designs are represented through screen and lino prints, stencil work, sewing, weaving and painting. PWAC was founded in 1990 to provide support and economic opportunities to women and families of the Thamarrurr region.
Read more and shop PWAC art and textiles at: palngunwurnangat.com