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Louise Malarvie

Kununurra, WA

Louise Malarvie brings her Country to life as she interprets seasonal floodwaters transforming vast areas of her homeland in the Great Sandy Desert between Paraku and Balgo. Her fine ochre dotting suggests a play of light, colour and movement representative of the sun glistening on the rocks, and pebbles smoothed over and shifted from the large movement of floodwater. Her painterly meditation explores feelings of connectedness, healing and spiritual longing for her Country.

About the Artist

Louise Malarvie

�I was born in Darwin and grew up at Mistake Creek and Bamboo Springs, and then moved to Kununurra and lived at Lily Creek. Afterwards I went to Emu Creek with my mum. We used to catch the bus into Kununurra for school. We lived in the ranch area at Kununurra in the 1990s. I followed my mother to do painting. I watched my mother paint since I was small when she used to sell her paintings at the bakery before Waringarri Arts started. Everyone � my grandpa, my mum and dad � all moved to Waringarri then.�

Louise Malarvie is an artist developing a repertoire of images to reflect the cultural learning taught to her by the Elders of her family. She is committed to her cultural tradition and its expression, exploring an individual interpretation of colour and composition to best translate her cultural learning.

Louise�s works have been collected by significant collectors and institutions, and have been exhibited across Australia and featured in sell-out shows in China.

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