Artist: Kittey Malarvie


by Kittey Malarvie Ngyalgari
76 x 76cm
Natural pigment on canvas


Kittey has depicted the drying and cracked mud of her mother's country along the Sturt River. She describes the area where she visited as a child along the banks and waterholes by the river as black soil country.“When we were young, my sisters and cousins would play with dried and cracked mud flats. The “Looka” is the name we had for the dried mud flats. In the wet seasons and after a big tide on the Sturt River the water would rise up on the black mud flats, as it dried it would turn crystal like salt. We would play making cakes from the dried shapes and sometimes play like stepping stones. Sometimes the old people would eat these cracked mud cakes as bush medicine for the salt. I like making paintings from my memories from when we were young and all together.”