Agnes Kohler (nee Goongarra) - Maruu Rocks (486-19)
Artist: Agnes Kohler (nee Goongarra)
Title: Maruu Rocks
Cat No: 486-19
Size: 75 x 75 cm
Acrylic on Canvas
These are bright coloured ochre rocks on Bennck Island, we call them Maruu in our Kayardild language. We ﬁnd these just behind the Main Base at Bennck Island. We rub the stones together and make a paste of it, then paint it on our body.
Origin: Dulkawalne - Bentinck Island
"I was born soon after my people crossed over to Mornington Island. In those days the Lardil mob foster or adopt us as their family. The Jacobs adopted me and my sister Gay. In the 60s I was sent out to work in the mainland. I worked at Julia Creek. As I raised my family, I also adopted a few more children. Now I am surrounded by my family.
"I use to muck around scribbling, drawing little houses with my kids. My children tell me to join the old people here at the Art Centre, save me from worrying, take my mind off things. It's also good to be along side family members at the Art Centre working, creating and learning together."