Matjangka (Nyukana) Norris - South Australia
Matjangka Norris is from Watinuma on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara/ Yankunytjatjara Lands, 350km SE of ULURU. She works in both the artforms of painting and batik, examples of which can be found in the National Gallery of Victoria, South Australian Museum and Flinders University Collections. Matjangka is an energetic, prolific and versatile artist.
Her work features a range of subjects including the constellations, traditional country, bushfoods and mamu. Her versatility is evident in the range of styles she uses from her abstract seed paintings to those that show her creative and humorous personality and feature quirky imagery such as Mamu (spirit monsters). She is famous for dancing this inma which is humerous but also scares the children.
Mrs Norris, as she is affectionately known, is a full time artist and creating is second nature. Her innate sense of creativity encompasses all mediums with the unique quality of a genuine artist.
Matjangka was born at Victory Downs Station, just on the Northern Territory border, north of Fregon. She moved to Ernabella with her family when she was a tjitji pulka (big girl) and went to the mission school. Matjangka and her family moved to Fregon where she finished her schooling.