Agnes Armstrong



DOB: 1954
Born: Kununurra, WA
Language Miriwoong
Skin Namidj
Community Waringarri Arts

About Artist:
Agnes was one of nine Waringarri Artistsí from the Kimberley who worked together on a Bush Medicine Mural which is a finalist work in the 2013 Sir John Sulman Art Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW. It is held alongside the Archibald and Wynne Art Prizes.

"I was born on Ivanhoe Station. I grew up with old people. They taught me lots about hunting - all the bush foods.

I used to work at Ivanhoe station doing housework and gardening. I came to Kununurra and started schooling here during the 60's. Before that I had been attending the Research Station School. During the 70's I was at the Beagle Bay Mission School.

I came back to Kununurra then and got a job cooking for the pensioners in our Mirima Community. I would do the shopping, count the money for the pensioners and paid their bills. We had a little shop then. I then moved to Dingo Springs where I watched the old people carving boab nuts and then I began to carve boabs. After that I came back here to Waringarri to do painting. As well as this, I am doing Ministry and bible studies. I have one daughter and three adopted sons and I live back in Mirima reserve, and i am staying in my country for good."