Pauletta Kerinauia (Miyartuwi, Tiwi Islands, Australia)
Art Gallery of New South Wales

Pauletta Kerinauia, born in 1982 in Darwin, has her ancestral roots in Paru, Melville Island. Post-education, she transitioned from Business Studies to embracing her artistic heritage at Milikapiti’s art centre in 1999. Since 2003, Kerinauia has been a significant contributor to the Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association while balancing her artistic career with family life. Known for her Kulama (coming of age ceremony) designs and World War II Bombing of Darwin story paintings, her work, often employing the Kayimwagakimi (toothed ironwood painting comb), encapsulates Tiwi culture, garnering recognition in numerous exhibitions and national art circles over two decades.  

Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with generous support from a grant from Open Society Foundations and generous support from Vicki Olsson.