Roseanna Bonson

Biography

Roseanna Bonson is the daughter of artist, Raylene Bonson and has been working at Babbarra Women’s centre since she was a little girl. She was inspired by the artwork of her late grandmother, Nancy Gununwanga who was a senior textile designer and founding member of Babbarra Women’s Centre.

Roseanna’s first design is a 2 colour waterlily design. Wayuk (waterlily) grow in the swamps around Barrihdjowkkeng.

‘The flowers of the waterlily are white and yellow and I like that kind of colour.’

‘I always follow the footpath of my grandmother. I have too many stories of my grandmother. We went to the bush and ate bushtucker like yam, yabbie, barra, catfish and magpie goose. We didn’t come into town often, we were staying at Barrihdjowkkeng outstation. I learned how the old people used to live. I always think about my family out there and I keep going. My grandmother asked me to work with her for many years. I watched her making lino and screen printing. That’s why I stay in this job and I’m for the women’s centre’.  Roseanna Bonson

Languages

Kuninjku (father), Burrara (mother)

Homeland

Maningrida, NT

Moiety

Duwa

Subsection

Kamanj

Date of birth

1989

Clan

Dadbe (King Brown Snake), Wak (Black Crow) and Djaddi (Green Monkey Frog)

Mother's origin

Barrihdjowkkeng