"This is parlka in the river, and palms on the bank of the river, out the back of Yakanarra where we use to go fishing with my families."
Sonia paints the sandy billabong country along the stretch of the Fitzroy River that runs directly behind her community. After the flood waters recede, there are billabongs that hold a plentiful supply of parlka (barramundi), kurlumajarti (catfish) and bream. She paints gapi (fish), parrmarr (rocks) where the fish is cooked, ngurti (coolamon) and karli (boomerang). Sonia paints these images over and over as though they are etched into her psyche.
Courtesy of Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency