Eliza Wangin is a young artist at Mimili Maku Arts. Mother to three children, she paints alongside her mother Betty Mula. When she is not painting, she loves to go on bush trips with her kids: "In my painting I show the trees and rock holes surrounding my home of Mimili Community. There is a lot of rock holes right behind the community on a big rock area. They only fill up after big rains, so we head up there as soon as it rains. The kids love to play in the water! In the old days our Elders used to drink the water straight from the rock holes. These days, we drink the water from the tap, but we still have the knowledge of where the rock holes are and when they fill up. When we go on the bush trips, the adults sit in the shade of the big gumtrees, watching over the children, making sure they are safe."
Eliza lives in Mimili Community, home to 300 Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people who have been living in the area for millennia in harmony with nature and acƟng as custodians of the land and the Tjukurpa (creation stories). Mimili was formerly known as Everard Park, which was a cattle station that was returned to Aboriginal ownership through the 1981 AP Lands Act.
Artist: Eliza Wangin
Place of Birth: Alice Springs
Size/Medium 40cm x 40cm Synthetic polymer on linen