Marylou Orliyarli Divilli

Marylou identifies as Nyikina and Ngarinyin, both from her mother’s side. She lives at Yurmulun (Pandanus Park) community located on the Fitzroy River fifty km south of Derby, and comes in to Mowanjum to work half each day at the media centre and archive. She has young children and does most of her own artwork at home on weekends. She says the main reason she paints is to learn more about culture and is inspired by the older people she likes the way they tell stories and sing. Commercial gain is not a motivating factor; she wants people to know her work, and through it her identity.

Not limited to working in one media, Marylou exhibit's her photography and she also loves to paint. She prefers ochre to acrylic when working on canvas as she loves the colours of earth pigments and the effects they produce when mixed together. She paints mostly animals such as possum and her totem animal the saltwater barramundi, but also enjoys painting stories.

Marylou says she likes to work in a spontaneous style; “a little bit rougher like the rock art. I like to experiment in my art, to try to make it look different.”

Language Group
Nyikina & Ngarinyin