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The Artwork – This narrative work was commissioned by the Dalgarno Institute in 2017 and is the cornerstone of our Indigenous AOD Education supplement.

Artist: Marie Ryder, an internationally acclaimed Indigenous artist, grew up at Santa Teresa (Ltyentye Apurte) community, 80 kilometres Southeast of Alice Springs with her eight younger brothers and sisters. Her mother is Therese Ryder, a highly respected illustrative and landscape artist. Marie is married to Kevin Bird Mpetyane (grandson of Ada Bird Petyarre) and lives happily in Alice Springs. 

Marie first put paint to canvas when she was in her early 20’s. As a child, she watched her mother painting, observing her techniques and from this developed her own style. Her traditional paintings are a celebration of the bush foods from Central Australia. They are highly representational using rich colours to depict her country. Her work is held in many private collections both interstate and overseas. Her work has also been represented in many group exhibitions.

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