Irene Mungatopi is a Tiwi woman from Pirlangimpi on Melville Island, north of Darwin. Irene was born in Darwin in 1969. Her mother’s country is Rangini and her father’s country is Jurrupi. Her skin group is Yarrinapila, (red ochre), and her dreaming is Nyarringari, (Magpie Goose).
Irene is a painter, printmaker, textile artist and arts worker at Munupi Arts & Crafts on Melville Island. Irene incorporates traditional Tiwi ceremonial designs into her art emphasising their importance and strong cultural associations with the subject of her work. Irene has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1998.
Image courtesy Peter Eve