Dolly Loogatha Thunduyingathui Bangaa

I was only a small child when our people were brought to Mornington Island and forced to live in the mission. I grew up in the dormitory like all the other children. My father King Alfred was killed when I was only a baby so I was really grown up by the missionaries. It was hard, they were cruel to us if we were naughty and would lock us up or cut our hair really short. As I grew into a young woman I went and worked on lots of cattle stations around Cloncurry and ended up moving to Darwin where I had a partner and lived there for 30 years away from Mornington Island and Bentinck Island.

I only came back in 2008 so that I could be with my family and live back on Bentinck Island. When old May died the other Bentinck artists asked me to come and join their group and paint at the Art Centre. I had done a little bit of painting in Darwin on small canvas boards more for fun than anything else. I really liked to go to the Art Centre and paint with old Aunty Sally and my other sisters. We had so much fun. Now I go every day to paint my stories and keep my memories alive. I paint Thundi where I was born and Makarrki where my father was born. It makes me feel good and proud when I see the finished painting.

Dolly Loogatha Thunduyingathui Bangaa

Artworks

429-20

429-20

$1,750.00

Dolly Loogatha

Thundi, 2020

91 x 91 cm

Acrylic on Belgian linen

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