Venita Woods

Language: Pitjantjatjara
Region: Docker River, W.A.

Venita was born in the community of Docker River in the Western Desert, WA., and is the granddaughter of acclaimed artist, Maringka Baker.  Venita now lives in Kanpi, SA., and works in the school on the APY Lands, she is a highly creative and talented artist and sculptor.


Venita paints Dreaming stories that have been passed down to her from her grandmother Maringka Baker, such as the Minma Kutjara (Two Women), a story of two women travelling across country.  As the two women passed through different countries, they had to transform into different animal forms.  They changed from wallabies to goannas to snakes etc., to travel safely through.  Venita depicts in her paintings the rock holes and sand dunes where they stopped, camped and ate bush tucker.


Venita was a finalist in 2015 Telstra Aboriginal & Torres Strait Art Awards and she also makes fiber sculptures in the shapes of dogs, birds and camels.

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