Peggy Patrick

"Marlam that one, finger painting. When we paint our bodies, that’s the one, our body painting. I made that, it’s my story. When we have corroboree.”
Peggy Patrick 

Peggy Patrick (OAM) is a bold and spirited woman. Her life journey tells the story of an incredibly fierce commitment to and pride for her culture and country in the face of almost inconceivable odds. She was born sometime in the 1930s and has held positions of domestic help, stockman, nurse, school teacher, truck driver, lawwoman, singer, dancer and artist. Today, she is one of the most senior women of Warmun Community and is the now custodian of a number of significant song cycles.

One of Peggy’s most iconic works Marlam (Hands) is reminiscent of the body painting that takes place during performances and ceremony. Peggy is also renowned for her works that feature the joomooloony (boab trees) of the Kimberley.

Courtesy of Warmun Art Centre

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Gija