Janice Sandy


Janice Sandy

"I learnt to look at all sorts of different art and how different artists expressed themselves. Then one day I was sitting in the art centre at the back of the church and something just came to me. My eyes just fell onto the animals, onto the patterns on the animals, and I felt I could use those patterns as a base for paintings. I have gradually learnt to communicate with the colours, to integrate animal and land colours that symbolize our paintings, that tie back to our elders, to their stories and to how proud they used to be about their Country."

Janice Sandy is a Yindjibarndi artist from Roebourne. Part of the Stolen Generation, she was taken as a baby to a hostel in Perth and wasn't able to return to her Country until 1982 at the age of 12. Janice began painting in 2006 and is the youngest sister of prominent Yinjaa-Barni artists Aileen and Allery Sandy. She uses sponges and varied brush sizes to create patterns on canvas. Janice has exhibited in the Pilbara, Perth and Sydney. She now lives in Karratha with her husband and family.

DOB: 11/10/1970
Language: Yindjibarndi
Country: Millstream Tablelands

Janice Sandy
Echoes of Healing
Janice Sandy
Spinifex Hills