|Date of Birth:||30/09/1952|
|Mother's Country:||Sandy Bore Outstation, NT|
|Father's Country:||Yamba, NT|
|Dreaming:||Woppa - Caterpilla|
Maree has been painting at Munupi since 1989. She married well known Aboriginal potter Eddie Puruntatameri who founded both the Tiwi Pottery on Bathurst Island and Pirlangimpi Pottery at Munupi Arts & Crafts at Melville Island, and moved to the Tiwi Islands when she was 16 years old. Her style reflects traditional influences from her birthplace in the desert, north of Alice Springs, as well as Tiwi influences. Maree is the mother of six children all of which have inherited their parents’ artistic abilities. Maree also works her designs onto pottery and is recognised for her gouache on paper and canvas by many galleries. Her work is also represented by Blue Moon (John Sands Pty) greeting cards and wrapping paper. Maree recently extended her skills to producing limited edition reduction lino prints and etchings.
During ceremony on the Tiwi Islands a series of 'yoi' (dances), are performed; some are totemic (inherited from the person's Mother) and some serve to act out the narrative of...