"When I paint I am sharing stories with my daughter, granddaughter, and the schoolchildren."
Fiona Pwerl Corbett is known for her abstract depictions of the flora local to Alyawarr Country. She works in a careful and highly detailed manner, choosing a subdued palette highlighted by occasional pops of colour. Fiona’s work is influenced by the bush flowers that grow around her home in Owairtilla (Canteen Creek), she holds a particular interest in Desert Bloodwood Trees which produce brilliant arrays of yellow wildflowers in the dry season. These are depicted in imagined colours as intricate nets of flowers bloom across the canvas, morphed and pressing against one another, an explosion of rich, joyful colour.
Fiona is a senior member of the Owairtilla community, she has had a significant influence on the communities’ creative output and is a founding member of the Canteen Creek art centre, she has honed her creative practice over a decade of art making. Fiona’s practice has been influenced by trips to the nearby Utopia homelands which she travelled to as a young health worker, there she spent time with famed artists from the Eastern Desert painting movement including Emily Kngwarreye and Gloria Petyarre.