Maxine Stuart First Nations Australian, b. c. 1953

Maxine Stuart was born in c.1953 in the Yankunytjatjara Community.  Maxine pains for Iwantja Arts, which is located within the remote Indigenous community of Indulkana on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. 

 

"I was born not far from Finke community, my mothers country was Indulkana and my fathers was finke. I grew up between these two places, I am a Yankunytjatjara woman. We never had a house growing up, we lived traditionally in hand built wiltja's (shelters) that my family would make from sticks and scrub. Near to Finke is a place called Dalhousie, it is famous for its hot springs for swimming in. We would go there a lot as kids, I like to think about this place when I make my paintings. The area is full of saltbush tree's and secret swimming spots, I like to paint with warm colours, warm like the water in the hot springs."