Project Description

Janice Sandy

Age: 11/10/1970
Skin: Burungu
Language: Millstream / Tableland
Tribe: Yindjibarndi

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Janice was born in 1970 at the Roebourne Reserve. Part of the Stolen Generation, she was taken as a baby to a hostel in Perth and wasn’t able to return to her country until 1982. When she returned at twelve, her first language was English. She started learning her Yindjibarndi language when she lived with her grandmother in Roebourne. She attended primary school in Roebourne, Year 8 at the Roebourne Primary School, Year 9 at the Roebourne Development School, and Year 10 at Wickham Regional High School.

Janice liked drawing at school, using colours and painting. When she came to Yinjaa-Barni in 2006 she found it hard to paint at first. She said, ‘I learnt to look at all sorts of different art and how different artists expressed themselves. Then one day I was sitting in the art centre at the back of the church and something came to me. My eyes fell onto the animals and the patterns on the them, and I felt I could use those patterns as a base for paintings. I have gradually learnt to communicate using colour and to integrate animal and land colours that symbolize our paintings, that tie back to our elders, and to their stories and to how proud they used to be about their country. I love using lovely bright colours. And I love painting. it relaxes me, and reduces  stress.”

Janice tries lots of different materials in her work; sponges, different size brushes etc, to bring out a variety of patterns. She now lives in Karratha with her husband and family. She has two sons, one daughter and one grandson and is the youngest sister of Allery and Aileen Sandy. She has recently been offered work two days a week at the Pegs Creek Primary School.

Group Exhibitions

2007 Colours of Our Country, Rio Tinto Exhibition, Perth, WA
2008 Colours of Our Country, Rio Tinto Exhibition, Perth, WA
2009 Colours of Our Country, Rio Tinto Exhibition, Perth, WA
2010 Colours of Our Country, Rio Tinto Exhibition, Perth, WA
2011 Colours of Our Country, Rio Tinto Exhibition, Perth, WA
2011 Ngurra Nyinga, Woodside, Perth, WA

More from our artists

Laurissa Bobby
Kimitha Coppin
Justina Willis
Allery Sandy
Donna Willis
Wendy Darby
Dawn Sandy
Clifton Mack
Melissa Sandy
Barngi Pansy Sambo
Maudie Jerrold
Nina Smith
Aileen Sandy
Marlene Harold