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The artist has depicted a family of Gwion figures – a male on the left, two females on the right and three children. They are food gatherers and hunters, carrying boomerangs and baskets and bunches of leaves.

Name: Mercy Fredericks

Language: Ngarinyin

Community: Kalumburu


"I was born here in the Kalumburu convent and my parents grew me up until my mother got sick and couldn’t look after me. I was on the other side of the river with the wild mob and then I moved to the convent and the nuns looked after me. I worked in the bakery making bread, cooking, sewing and I used to milk cows and nanny goats. I left the mission to work for the corporation in 1983. I started working for the aged care program and then for Community Justice and am on the council.”

Mercy began painting and engraving barks in  2009.  She quickly gained recognition for her distinct Wandjina barks and fine textured ochre paintings.  She sadly passed away in 2015 in Kalumburu with her family after a year of fighting cancer and leaves behind six children and three grandchildren.

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